The Internet, Privacy & Power
Edward Snowden’s remarkable revelations leave no doubt. Big Brother is here. The National Security Agency’s PRISM program is a clandestine mass electronic surveillance and data mining system. In plain English: it enables state spying on citizens. The American Civil Liberties Union says, “The things we do and say online leave behind ever-growing trails of personal information. With every click, we entrust our conversations, emails, photos, and much more to Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo. But what happens when the government asks these corporations to hand over their users’ private information?” What happens to our rights and expectations of privacy? The Information Superhighway as the Internet was once called has turned into a marketer’s dream and a place where our messages and intimate details of our lives disappear into the NSA’s new $1.5 billion, million square-foot complex in Bluffdale, Utah.
Bruce Schneier is a cryptographer and specialist in computer security technology. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. He has briefed members of Congress on the NSA. He is the author of many books including Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Thrive and Carry On.