Edward Snowden: Here's how we take back the Internet
Edward Snowden - Whistleblower
In 2013 Edward Snowden leaked thousands of classified American National Security Agency documents, sparking a global conversation about citizens' rights to privacy on the Internet. Full bio
we should be struggling with.
kind of government we want,
the debate will move towards,
certain classified documents
working in the intelligence community,
in the intelligence community,
buried along with the information
the United States Constitution
has been about metadata.
these companies did resist,
that's very concerning to me is,
and found them to be lawful,
as an intelligence analyst
can see a record of that,
support encryption by default,
many of those communications
in the Washington Post,
testimony last year,
Senate Intelligence Committee
you're going to need them.
that bit the head off the dog.
people really believe this.
for a lot of the techies in this room
monitoring those communications
charge of defensive operations,
Congress and make the case.
used the justification of terrorism
situation you're in right now
there that want to see me dead.
do for the American people.
there are a lot of people
CA: Oh, he's back.
have increased enormously.
the Bankston-Soltani Principle,
problem that we're in today,
in our everyday activities.
you shake the hand of a bot,
TBL: That'll come very soon.
recently called for an amnesty for you.
to come back to America?
but it's not the final argument,
that public should decide.
About the speaker:Edward Snowden - Whistleblower
In 2013 Edward Snowden leaked thousands of classified American National Security Agency documents, sparking a global conversation about citizens' rights to privacy on the Internet.
Why you should listen
Edward Snowden was just about to turn 28 when his face was suddenly splashed across every major newspaper in the US. In the summer of 2013 The Guardian published a series of leaked documents about the American National Security Agency (NSA), starting with an article about a secret court order demanding American phone records from Verizon, followed by an article on the NSA's top-secret Prism program, said to be accessing user data from Google, Apple and Facebook.
It wasn't long before Snowden came forward as the source, revealing that he had carefully planned the leak, copying documents when he was working as a contractor for the NSA. "I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions," he said at the time, but "I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant." Snowden's actions have led to a global debate on the relationship between national security and online privacy. His leaks continue to have a lasting impact on the American public's view of the government, and has encouraged media scrutiny on the NSA.
Snowden had coordinated the leak with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras from Hong Kong; after he revealed his identity, he fled and ended up in Moscow. Under charges of espionage by the American government, Snowden remains in Russia in temporary asylum.
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