Jun 102013
 

I’m not sure I’m ready to label Edward Snowden a hero, but he deserves credit for initiating a robust discussion on how we should demarcate privacy rights in a digital age. We haven’t given much thought to the countless petabytes of data we are collectively generating every day and the extent to which that information should be available for national security purposes. It may be one thing for the government to mine metadata that shows whom we called or texted over a period of time. It may be something else entirely for the state to review e-mail or instant messages. We live in world of peril and we have powerful tools available to mitigate those perils, but those tools depend on our acquiescence to a certain amount of intrusion.

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