Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who blew the lid on global surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency (NSA) has said that such vigilance programmes can never prevent terrorism fully.
Speaking at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia on Friday, Snowden said, “Even the most extensive monitoring system would never be able to make us perfectly safe from terrorism.”
“Yet, mass surveillance is often used by intelligence agencies to spy on citizens regardless if a crime is being committed or not,” he added.
Snowden was welcomed as a chief guest by the audience attending the third day of the festival in a debate via video link broadcasted by the Ansa news agency. The festival has gathered journalists and experts from all over the world since 2006.
Snowden long served the National Security Agency (NSA), the Central Intelligence Service (CIA) and other American security agencies as technology and cyber-security expert.
In 2013, Snowden made a host of revelatory disclosures regarding a “global surveillance apparatus” run by the United States in cooperation with Australia, Canada and the United KIngdom, due to which he had to seek asylum away from the United States.
He is currently residing in an unknown location in Russia.
"At least 73 per cent Indians are optimistic that as a nation we are headed in the right direction. The global average paints a dismal image, where the majority (58 per cent) feels that they are headed in the wrong direction," the findings showed.
As the country entered the seven-phase voting from April 11, a new survey said on Monday that Indians are most worried about terrorism, followed by unemployment and corruption.
The “What Worries the World Global Survey” by global market research firm Ipsos showed that 45 per cent of Indians are most worried about terrorism, 44 per cent about unemployment and jobs and 42 per cent about financial and political corruption.
Apart from these issues, a significant number of Indians are also concerned about crime and violence (33 per cent) and poverty and social inequality (29 per cent).
“Pulwama terror strike has propelled terrorism to the fore. It was way down in the pecking order in the past waves. Terrorism is bothering Indians most. Likewise, lack of jobs is weighing on the minds of Indians and government,” said Parijat Chakraborty, Service Line Leader, Ipsos Public Affairs, Customer Experience and Corporate Reputation.
“Similarly, more concrete steps are needed for tackling corruption. While strategies are being formulated by the government to address them, our survey shows that Indians are preoccupied with concerns around these macro issues and will like them to be mitigated,” Chakraborty added.
India, however, bucked the global trend of pessimism where 22 countries out of the total of the 28 markets covered in the survey felt their country is on the wrong track.
“At least 73 per cent Indians are optimistic that as a nation we are headed in the right direction. The global average paints a dismal image, where the majority (58 per cent) feels that they are headed in the wrong direction,” the findings showed.
Meanwhile China (94 per cent) inspires the most confidence about its national direction as 9 in 10 Chinese citizens say that the country is moving in the right direction.