What Thomas Rid (and most people) don't seem to get is that if it weren't for Snowden, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Barrett Brown, and other brave souls/orgs, we'd all still be like roofied, date-raped victims who are targeted nightly but wake up every morning with no memory of their violation. The Next Web website just published "“Build, Grow, Monetize”: Facebook’s Zuckerberg on the mission to connect the next 5 billion people." He's focusing on "things that matter" like "taking on a roadmap to help build out the knowledge economy." Knowledge economy?! Does anyone think he means the economic benefit of anything other than FB? Does anyone think the NSA really cares about civil rights? The cyber war has been going on for a long time, and whether the goal is to divest users of their money or privacy, we're all just puny bits of cannon fodder to them. If even that.
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