Wendy Hui Kyong Chun


On her book Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics

Cover Interview of March 16, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Freedom makes control possible, necessary, and never enough.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“If freedom is reduced to a gated community writ large, or becomes the ideological watchword of a national security state, then it can turn into nothing more than the partner of, or the alibi for, control.  The very phrase “freedom is not free” can make freedom unfree when it calls on people to accept unfreedom as the cost of freedom.”

On the second:

“We must take seriously the vulnerability that comes with communications—not so that we simply condemn or accept all vulnerability without question—but so that we might work together to create vulnerable systems with which we can live.”