Edward Snowden, in his role as rector of University – a post he was elected to last year – has delivered a videolink address to students during Freshers week. His speech, the full transcript of which follows below, reflects on the progress that has been made since his revelations began, the ability of individuals to make a profound difference in a changing world and expresses concerns about higher education laws proposed by the Scottish government.
Originally published 18/3/14 in the Guardian
I am humbled by and grateful to the students of Glasgow University for this historic statement in defence of our shared values.
In a world where so many of our developing thoughts and queries and plans must be entrusted to the open internet, mass surveillance is not simply a matter of privacy, but of academic freedom and human liberty.