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Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden - book author

Edward Joseph Snowden is an American whistleblower who copied and leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 when he was a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee and subcontractor. His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments, and prompted a cultural discussion about national security and individual privacy.

Edward Snowden is the author of books: Permanent Record, スノーデン 日本への警告, পার্মানেন্ট রেকর্ড, Permanent Record (Young Readers Edition): How One Man Exposed the Truth about Government Spying and Digital Security, El pequeño libro rojo del activista en la red, Astro Noise: A Survival Guide for Living Under Total Surveillance, Letters to Change the World: From Pankhurst to Orwell, SUPERNERDS: Conversations with Heroes, The Assassination Complex: Inside the US government’s secret drone warfare programme, Law Versus Power: Our Global Fight for Human Rights

Author books

Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.

In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it.

Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, Permanent Record is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online—a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet’s conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, Permanent Record is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic.
This book isa translation from a symposium "Think about surveillance today", held at Tokyo University, June 4, 2016.
আপনি কি জানেন? আপনি ইন্টারনেটে কী কী করছেন সবকিছুর রেকর্ড রাখা হচ্ছে...
পার্মানেন্ট রেকর্ড—এ বই যেন মার্কিন যুক্তরাষ্ট্রের গোপনে চালিয়ে যাওয়া বৈশ্বিক নজরদারির এক উপাখ্যান।
মার্কিন যুক্তরাষ্ট্রের গোয়েন্দা সংস্থা- সিআইএ এবং এনএসএ’র সাবেক অফিসার এডওয়ার্ড স্নোডেন ২০১৩ সালে মার্কিন ইন্টারনেট নজরদারির উপর থেকে পর্দা উন্মোচন করেছিলেন।
স্নোডেনের সেই তথ্য ফাঁসের কারণেই মানুষ জানতে পারে তাদের প্রতিটি অনলাইন কমিউনিকেশনের রেকর্ড রাখা হচ্ছে। পার্মানেন্ট রেকর্ড। যখন ইচ্ছা, তখন কাউকে বলির পাঠা বানানোর জন্য মার্কিন সরকার সেই রেকর্ড ব্যবহার করতে পারবে।
এডওয়ার্ড স্নোডেন এক জিনিয়াসের নাম। এই সাবেক গোয়েন্দা নিজের জীবন বাজি রেখে মার্কিন সরকারের মুখোশ উন্মোচন করার দুঃসাহসিক কাজ করেছেন। বিনিময়ে তিনি পেয়েছেন নির্বাসিত জীবন।
‘পার্মানেন্ট রেকর্ড’ বইটিতে স্নোডেন তার রোমাঞ্চকর, তথ্যবহুল, নাটকীয় জীবনের কথা বলেছেন। তার এই জীবনের সাথে একইসূত্রে গাথা আছে মার্কিন সরকারের অবৈধ বৈশ্বিক নজরদারির আদ্যোপান্তের বিবরণ।
তিনি নায়ক নাকি দেশদ্রোহী? এই প্রশ্নের উত্তর এডওয়ার্ড স্নোডেনের জীবনী—পার্মানেন্ট রেকর্ড—বইটিতে খুঁজে পাবেন।
A young reader’s adaptation of whistleblower and bestselling author Edward Snowden's memoir—featuring a brand-new afterword that includes resources to learn about the basics of digital security.

In 2013, Edward Snowden shocked the world when he revealed that the United States government was secretly building a system of mass surveillance with the ability to gaze into the private lives of every person on earth. Phone calls, text messages, emails—nothing was safe from prying eyes. Now the man who risked everything to expose the truth about government spying details to a new generation how he helped build that system, what motivated him to try to bring it down, and how young people can strive to protect their privacy in the digital age.

“Snowden's sprightly prose, his deep technical knowledge, his superb knack for explaining complex matters, his ability to articulate principled action all come together in a book that is, if anything, BETTER than the adult version.” —Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing
Bradley Manning es un soldado raso que no quiso aceptar los crímenes de guerra como daños colaterales. Julian Assange es un informático que ha decidido hacer un trabajo al que los grandes periódicos han renunciado. Edward Snowden es un técnico informático que, ante la evidencia de un abuso contra los derechos de sus conciudadanos, decidió denunciar. Los tres son ciudadanos ordinarios que, enfrentados a circunstancias extraordinarias, decidieron cumplir con su deber civil. Las consecuencias para ellos no podrían ser más graves ni más reveladoras: son víctimas de una campaña internacional de descrédito personal cuya intención es convencer a los espectadores de que lo importante son las apariencias y no los hechos.

En cada oficina hay cientos de personas como ellos. Por sus manos pasan documentos secretos, algunos de los cuales necesitan salir a la luz. El Pequeño Libro Rojo del Activista en la Red es un manual para proteger sus comunicaciones, cifrar sus correos, borrar sus búsquedas y dispersar las células de datos que generan sus tarjetas de red, en el caso de que, al igual que ellos, usted decida arriesgarlo todo por el bien de su comunidad.
A multifaceted response to issues concerning personal privacy and government power by writers, artists, and others

The filmmaker, artist, and journalist Laura Poitras has explored the themes of mass surveillance, “war on terror,” drone program, Guantánamo, and torture in her work for more than ten years. In 2013, Poitras was contacted by Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency subcontractor who leaked classified information about government-sponsored surveillance. Her resulting documentary, Citizenfour, which won an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2015, is the third film in her post-9/11 film trilogy.

For this volume, Poitras has invited authors ranging from artists and novelists to technologists and academics to respond to the modern-day state of mass surveillance. Among them are the acclaimed author Dave Eggers, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, the former Guantanamo Bay detainee Lakhdar Boumediene, the writer and researcher Kate Crawford, and Edward Snowden, to name but a few. Some contributors worked directly with Poitras and the archive of documents leaked by Snowden; others contributed fictional reinterpretations of spycraft. The result is a “how-to” guide for living in a society that collects extraordinary amounts of information on individuals. Questioning the role of surveillance and advocating for collective privacy are central tennets for Poitras, who has long engaged with and supported free-software technologists.
‘We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed’ Martin Luther King

In an era where the liberties we often take for granted are under threat, Letters To Change the World is a collection of inspiring letters offering reminders from history that standing up for and voicing our personal and political beliefs is not merely a crucial right but a duty if we want to change the world.

Edited by Travis Elborough, the collection includes George Orwell's warning on totalitarianism, Martin Luther King's 'Letter from a Birmingham Jail', Albert Camus on the reasons to fight a war, Bertrand Russell on peace, Emmeline Pankhurst rallying her suffragettes, Nelson Mandela's letter to his children from prison and Time's Up on the abuse of power.
"It’s a type of reorganization or infection of humanity’s thought system, the way humanity talks to itself, the way a society thinks. It’s like everyone simultaneously is taking LSD." Julian Assange

"No one is more hopelessly enslaved than those who think they’re free." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Ever since Edward Snowden’s NSA disclosures, the might of the secret services and the helplessness of everyday citizens are there all around us for everyone to see. But who is taking up the fight against global surveillance and the erosion of democracy? Theater director Angela Richter has conducted in-depth interviews with a number of well-known whistleblowers and internet activists – the "Supernerds". Conversations with Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg, Jesselyn Radack, William Binney, Jeremy Hammond and Thomas Drake, an Essay by Barrett Brown and drawings by Daniel Richter.

In this shocking exposé of the US government's drone programme, bestselling author Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues at the investigative website The Intercept expose stunning new details about the secret assassination policy being carried out by America and her allies.

When the US government discusses drone strikes publicly, it offers assurances that such operations are a more precise alternative to troops on the ground and are authorised only when an "imminent" threat is present and there is "near certainty" that the intended target will be killed. The implicit message on drone strikes from the Obama administration has been trust, but don't verify.

The online magazine The Intercept exploded this secrecy when it obtained an extraordinary cache of secret documents, the most shocking of which are included in this book, that reveal how Washington's fourteen-year targeted killing campaign suffers from an overreliance on flawed intelligence, an apparently incalculable civilian toll, and an inability to extract potentially valuable intelligence from terror suspects.

The Assassination Complex is a vital, urgent book which allows us to understand at last the circumstances under which the US government and her allies have granted themselves the right to sentence individuals to death without the established checks and balances of arrest, trial, and appeal.

“[W]hen the history of our era is written not by the torturers and their apologists, but by those who never gave up on the promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—Wolfgang Kaleck will be one of the primary authors. Until then, we can be grateful that he has chosen to write this account of struggles well fought.” —Edward Snowden

Wolfgang Kaleck, best known as Edward Snowden’s lawyer, is a human rights activist extraordinaire. For more than two decades, he has travelled the world to fight alongside those suffering injustice at the hands of powerful players, people who, prior to the arrival of Kaleck and his colleagues, often enjoyed impunity.

Kaleck’s work has taken him to Buenos Aires, to stand with the mothers of youngsters “disappeared” under the Argentinian military dictatorship; to exiled Syrian communities, where he assembled the case against torture mandated by those high up in the Assad government; to Central America, where he collaborated with those pursuing the Guatemalan military for its massacres of indigenous people; to New York, to partner with the Center for Constitutional Rights in taking action against Donald Rumsfeld for the “enhanced interrogation techniques” he greenlighted after 9/11; and to Moscow, where he represents the whistle-blower Edward Snowden, “a likeable man whose talents go far beyond his technical skills.”

In recounting his involvement in such cases, Kaleck gives full voice to those he is representing, emphasizing the courage and persistence they bring to the global search for justice. The result is a book crammed with compelling and vivid stories, underscoring the notion that, while the world is often a terrible place, universal standards of human rights can prevail when people are willing to struggle for them.