CLOUD STORAGE PIONEER Kim Dotcom has declared that there will be a "moment of truth" at an event before the upcoming elections in New Zealand.
In an interview with The Guardian, the man who brought the world Megaupload and its successor Mega.com said, "Governments want to engage in mass surveillance and have total citizen control."
He went on to promote an event taking place five days before the 20 September New Zealand elections at which Dotcom and his Internet Party will be fielding a number of candidates.
The event has been organised in collaboration with former Guardian journalist Glen Greenwald, who worked with Edward Snowden to reveal US National Security Agency (NSA) PRISM surveillanceto the world. "We're about to make history", said Dotcom.
Dotcom said he believes that governments globally will be "knocked out by the internet population", and his hope is that his party will "abolish mass surveillance and rejuvenate politics by giving the internet generation a voice".
Dotcom has been critical of the polling in the run-up to the elections that doesn't reflect the 18-24 age group he is trying to mobilise.
"We are currently polling 2.8 in 'landline' polls. Our voters don't even know what a landline is. They are all mobile and online. The youth in New Zealand is embracing us. We make politics cool and direct. We have the apps and sites for youth to engage."
In April, Mr Dotcom, whose New Zealand assets had been seized in connection with a copyright lawsuit in the US, successfully had them returned and celebrated with a "Swim With Kim" pool party for supporters. µ
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