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Gloria Spindle – Peng! Collective: Intelexit

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    Now I am very happy to have you all here
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    for the next talk on a really important topic.
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    And we all called last year for
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    more creative campaigns on all our issues,
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    that we talk about here at congress.
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    And so the Peng! Collective thought about a
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    really creative campaign that also got a lot of
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    attention in the last year.
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    And because they call for all
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    the intelligence officers to really exit
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    their careers and to find some other
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    more valuable service to our society,
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    I'm very honoured to introduce to you
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    Gloria Spindle to you,
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    who is a former Google nest employee,
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    -You might remember that great campaign-
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    and will now present the "Intelexit" to you.
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    Thank you! Your Applause!
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    applause
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    Gloria: Hello!
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    And hello to all the live streaming people out there as well.
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    Blubb blubb we can see you!
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    I hear they're a lot maybe more than
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    what's in this room.
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    All the lights are dimming.
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    Okay, so! I don't know if anyone else
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    is as interested in the parts
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    of the Snowdon documents as I am,
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    which are the kind of little cultural titbits
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    that you find that give you a sense of
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    what it's like to be within the secret service.
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    I'm really kind of fascinated by this particular gentleman.
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    The SIGINT Philosopher, who was a columnist
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    for the NSA on internal news letter
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    and he is really quite creative
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    and he writes a lot of pieces
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    of the ethical quandaries of working
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    in the secret services.
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    And most of them end with just like:
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    "You should just like keep your head down
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    and you should just keep doing what you're
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    supposed to be doing,
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    'cause that's the best way to go ahead
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    and protect your county."
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    So this quote is really the kind of crux
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    of what Intelexit Initiative is founded on.
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    We recognize that people who are working
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    in the secret services and I'm sure
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    some of you in the audience tonight
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    are working in the secret services
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    -pretty certain disgruntled, maybe unhappy,
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    maybe ethically confused people working
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    in spy agencies, maybe you're just a contractor
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    and you feel like: Oh I'm not so involved,
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    but I still feel like I have blood on my hands. -
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    And those are the people that Intelexit is talking to.
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    That was like have a clap.. I mean come on, people!
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    applause
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    Thank you! Thank you! Jesus!
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    Don't be afraid of clapping!
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    So those are the people that Intelexit
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    is really talking to.
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    And we wanted to reach out to those people,
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    'cause there hasn't been a campaign yet
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    that is actually recognized,
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    that they are humans working,
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    thousands and thousands of people
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    going every day to their surveillance jobs,
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    operating drones
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    and even the people who are just
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    answering emails or you know pushing paper,
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    running the photocopy machine,
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    if they even have those.
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    -Who knows what they have in there-
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    Those People,
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    they are people who obviously
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    have ethical issues about working
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    in this systems
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    and feel responsible for mass surveillance,
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    drone warfare and the slow maybe fast
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    degradation of democracy as we know it.
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    So, introducing Intelexit!
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    applausechuckle
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    So what Intelexit does is
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    it's an initiative, civil initiative
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    grounded in the idea that we need to find a way
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    to support people who want to leave
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    their jobs at the secret services
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    and we need to normalize the idea of quitting.
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    applause
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    Because actually it's a very just and
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    sometimes honourable thing to do,
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    just to follow your ethics and
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    give up your job,
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    if you don't feel like you're contributing
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    to society in a good way.
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    So that why Intelexit pitch.
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    Some of you might know:
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    I'm from Peng! as I was introduce earlier
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    and we are known for our hoax
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    and our media hacks and our culture jamming.
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    So intelexit is been a really, really interesting campaign for us
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    and I explain it as I go.
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    Because of course you see it's a bit of
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    performance and bit of humour
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    but it's also very serious at the same time.
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    So to introduce Peng! to you
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    for those who don't know.
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    Here we were... this was re:publica
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    impersonating Google managers and
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    presenting some really creepy,
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    data collecting products.
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    A personal drone for daily life, an App
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    that monitors your well being, emotional well being,
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    and matches you with other people who also need a hug
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    and creepy thing about that is most
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    of this distopian visions have now actually
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    come to light and are existing
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    in the real world today.
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    Actually people do use drones
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    to follow their children to school.
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    That's a real thing.
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    So and here we are impersonating the
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    leading party of Germany
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    and here we are in live television cracking
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    an egg over the head of a presenter of a
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    very dodgy television program
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    and this was your program to self....
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    provide self help for trolls, sexist trolls
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    on twitter
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    and this was our self help coach.
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    We had a bot army which was analyse...
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    we had an language analysis happening on twitter
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    and we had an army of 160 bots
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    which were going out and enrolling trolls
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    on twitter into our self help program
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    and sending them nice inspirational videos
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    every day to help cure them.
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    applause
Title:
Gloria Spindle – Peng! Collective: Intelexit
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