Ms. Robot | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee | TBS

Ms. Robot | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee | TBS


[APPLAUSE] Welcome back to the show. Since the election,
Americans have an ever-growing list of things
to be freaked out about. So I asked Ashley Nicole
Black to add one more thing. BARACK OBAMA (ON TV): We cannot
prevent terrorist attacks or cyber threats without
some capability to penetrate digital communications. ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER):
Thanks, Obama. But is that how the surveillance
state is being used? POLITICIAN (ON TV):
Government is already collecting data on millions
of innocent Americans on a daily basis. ASHLEY BLACK
(VOICEOVER): I guess not. Because now they have– POLITICIAN (ON
TV): Unprecedented authority to hack into
Americans’ computers and their devices. ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER): The
government surveils communities they believe oppose them. And when Donald Trump
becomes president, they might come after you. Also, everyone who didn’t
like his last tweet. Ugh. Am I being too paranoid? TRUMP (ON TV): If
you don’t mind, I want to be– I want to
surveil– I want surveillance. ASHLEY BLACK
(VOICEOVER): Oh shit. Here’s the ACLU technology
expert Chris Soghian to tell me everything’s
going to be OK. President Trump will inherit
the most powerful surveillance machine ever built. On the bright side,
pretty much everything Trump inherits goes bankrupt. So. President Obama thought
that these tools would be used responsibly, but there’s
really a range of awful people out there trying to
violate your privacy. Why should I care
about internet security if I’m not doing anything wrong? The government’s
view is to find the needle in the haystack. They have to collect
the whole haystack. They know when you go to church,
if you call a suicide hotline, if you visit an abortion clinic. This is like my nightmare,
but my mother’s dream. ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER):
Is this a dream? How is the government
surveilling us? Many of these tools were
created for the military. That includes devices like
license plate readers, facial recognition technology– ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER):
And stingrays– devices that can fly over
crowds and soak up data from everyone’s cell phone. So now you can’t
plan your protest, and the government knows
who you’re fucking. So what are they doing
with all of this information? They will build a social
graph showing who’s calling who, who are friends,
who are associates. So they’re building
something that looks like this. Yeah. It’s just a map
of black people. We know that law enforcement
resources in our country are disproportionately
leveraged against people of color and the poor. There are even reports
that DHS accidentally surveilled a funk parade,
thinking it was a protest. OK, but to be fair, they
were threatening to tear the roof off the motherfucker. Watch out for that stuff. ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER):
But who’s watching out for us, the American people? There’s a scene at the
end of “Dark Knight.” Familiar. ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER):
Morgan Freeman destroys a surveillance
machine that Batman built, because it’s too dangerous. We need the president
to be Morgan Freeman. [GASPING] ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER):
But he won’t. Because Morgan Freeman
has already been the president, like, 12 times. We need to learn to protect
ourselves– but how? Oh, look. Here’s a flyer
for a crypto party that teaches people
about internet security. It’s run by a hacker who goes
by the handle Matt Mitchell. This is Matt. I’m Matt, and I’m
going be talking to you about digital safety– ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER):
Am I imagining this? Nah, I could never
make up that shirt. We’re going to start with
how you can secure your phone. [HAMMERING] ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER): Why
is the Geek Squad staring at me? A tool that you could use to
make a secure, encrypted phone call is called Signal. If my text messages
aren’t encrypted, they can be intercepted
at any point, and anyone can read them? That’s correct. So that dick pic
could be anywhere. There’s a sea of
dick pics everywhere. ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER):
And that’s just the tip. I’m learning so much. Like my passwords can’t
all be “iheartcorybooker.” You need to have a unique
password for every thing that asks for a password. ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER):
I gotta tell black people to quit it with Boost Mobile. The Apple iPhone is
encrypted by default, while most Android phones
are not encrypted by default. ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER):
I need to buy duct tape. To secure yourself,
always cover your camera. ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER):
Where do I get duct tape? There’s malicious
software out there allowing someone who’s not
yourself to access your camera. ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER):
Wait a minute. This is the worst party
I’ve ever been to. No one’s even
offered me a drink. You invite me to a party,
scare the shit out of me, and there’s no booze. ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER):
Maybe I’ll hook up with privacy lawyer Nate Wessler. Then my Fourth Amendment
rights won’t be the only thing getting violated. This kind of
dragnet surveillance runs into really
serious problems under the Fourth Amendment
to our Constitution. The Framers were worried
about British troops searching every house
in the neighborhood looking for one dissident. So instead, they’re searching
our digital neighborhood. Yeah. Meanwhile, all of our
privacy is sacrificed. I knew I was right. Is this even real? I– I’m right here. I’m real. I promise. He is real. ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER):
And Matt agrees– the threat to all of us is real. Brown folks, LGBTQ, gender
non-conforming folks– they’ve had the boot of
oppression on their necks for a really long time. And now, white folks
are just beginning to feel, like, the pinky toe
of it, and panic is ensuing. I want to be,
like, white people, this is the one thing
you can appropriate. But then they
probably won’t do it. So maybe we should be like,
encryption– it’s just for us! And see how quickly they
come running to take it. That’s one idea. ASHLEY BLACK (VOICEOVER): What’s
the one thing white people love more than Mr. Robot? [MUSIC – TALIB KWELI, “GET BY”] [SINGING] ASHLEY BLACK
(VOICEOVER): Don’t worry, Talib Kweli is here, too. (RAPPING) Now if you’re
black, watch your back. ‘Cause you’re never alone. They take the data that you own,
and they don’t have to condone. We go through “Episodes 2,”
like “Attack of the Clones,” except even Darth Vader
wasn’t hacking our phones. To get by, just to get by,
just to get by, just to get by. Lock your phone with a
passcode, or what you downloaded gets stolen. Basically, be the
black Edward Snowden. Just to get by, just to get by,
just to get by, just to get by. The NYPD put the
“troll” in “patrol.” They online,
collecting everything we post, from Twitter to Vine. Encrypted apps let them have
all your data that’s private, like every dick pic that
you text to your side chick. Your spy shit– they tryin’
to take us 50 years backwards. Fuck your password. Get ready for revenge
of the black nerds. Just to get by, just to
get by, just to get by. Will somebody white please
appropriate this track so this shit can get mentioned? Please, it goes against
the Fourth Amendment. We’ll be right back. [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC PLAYING]

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