The NSA’s chilling effect on freedom, privacy, and democracy

This is my tech links post that I am putting up outside the paywall and free for non-registered users. The only tech links in today's post are on the NSA. I hadn't intended to write this post but I decided to do it as the impetus for this post was the revelation that the NSA can get access to data in 75% of American Internet communication via its upstream wiretapping at American telecom companies. That is the lead link here but I want to make some general comments below.
Here's what I think is the big picture:
The Internet is a data gold mine. As such, privacy is always going to be a central issue and Internet users will only trust companies with data if they believe their privacy is valued and protected. But right now, we are learning none of the (American) technology companies can be ...

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