The internet is a fascinating place: Edward Snowden has collaborated with music legend Jean-Michel Jarre to release a new song named “Exit”.
The 21st century is a wonderful time to live in. You can get ahold of the President of the United States on Twitter, send selfies to the Pope on Instagram, and now you can listen to a new track dropped by whistleblower and privacy advocate Edward Snowden.
A man who evidently has too much time to kill, Snowden has collaborated with electronic music producer Jean-Michel Jarre to produce a new electronica track named “Exit”. Read: You can now tweet Barack Obama: @POTUS
The song is intended to be Snowden’s eulogy to digital privacy, and includes several quotations by the whistleblower.
The song is now available to stream or purchase digitally, and is set to receive a vinyl release next month for audio purists who prefer their digital privacy sermons served old-school.
In an interview with the Guardian, Snowden discusses the track, stating that “music is the thing that can humanize even the most abstract moment”. Privately, we’re experiencing shades of Jaden Smith here.
Some of Snowden’s more interesting quotes from Exit include “Technology can actually increase privacy”, and “Saying that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different to saying you don’t care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say. It’s a deeply anti-social principle, because rights are not just individual, they’re collective.”
Regardless of whatever you feel about the song as a work of art, the track arrives at a pertinent time, as in the wake of Apple’s court battle with the FBI over iPhone access, the debate on digital privacy versus state security rages on. Read: iPhone security flaw offers FBI access
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