Rainey Reitman is the Activism Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a co-founder of both the Freedom of the Press Foundation and Chelsea Manning Support Network. My conversation with Rainey is, in many ways, the logical extension of my conversation with James Bamford about digital surveillance and privacy. But while Bamford discussed the extent and mechanisms of surveillance, that conversation didn’t get far from diagnosis into treatment. Enter Rainey, who spends her days trying to make issues of digital liberties comprehensible and relevant.
We only had an hour for our interview so I wasn’t able to pivot from digital liberties towards the bigger picture issues that I usually aim for, but there’s still a ton of good material in here. Neil and I were especially interested in analogies between physical and digital space and questions of public versus private ownership. More about that in the outtro.