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It is of no surprise that tens of thousands of technology professionals and enthusiasts attended the annual South b...
It is of no surprise that tens of thousands of technology professionals and enthusiasts attended the annual South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, late yesterday evening to listen to a livestream video call between Edward Snowden, ACLU's Ben Wizner, and the American Civil Liberties Union's principal technologist, Christopher Soghoian.
Just under a year after Edward Snowden created an uproar after leaking thousands of classified government documents, the question of cyber security is being explored by all affected.
Up until now, the concept of security has been only an "afterthought," but has since become the forefront issue of those involved in the technology community. As Snowden himself claims in relation to his disclosures, "the public has benefited. The government has benefited. Every society in the world has benefited.”
The whole idea behind this talk is to create awareness and involve the technology community and industry to take action and "fix" the problem of mass government surveillance through easy-to-use encryption technology. The daily user can have telephone calls, emails, texts, and web browsing activities intercepted by governments, without any protection from encryption devices.
For this reason, Snowden claims, "the NSA is setting fire to the future of the Internet. It is something that we need to protect against." He further expands this metaphor to urge the people to be 'firefighters' in a fight for their democratic and constitutional rights of security and privacy.
Snowden's vision, for better or worse, has inspired action and has begun a rolling ball down a steep snowy mountain. Just recently, FreedomPop launched a new and improved privacy phone called the "Snowden Phone," evidently inspired by Snowden's initiative. According to Snowden, "I would do it again."