"Encryption is defense against the Dark Arts," National Security
Agency leaker Edward Snowden said via Google Hangout to an audience at
South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on Monday. Snowden and the second
panelist, Chris Soghoian, as well as moderator Ben Wizner (both from the
ACLU), each began the discussion with the same assumption: that mass
surveillance is inherently bad.
Why, Wizner asked, had Snowden
chosen to make his first public remarks since fleeing the U.S. to a tech
festival, rather than, say, a policy community in Washington D.C.? Snowden responded, "There is a policy response that needs to occur. There is also a technical response that needs to occur."
I'll break down the SXSW panel's technological solutions to the problem
of mass surveillance. You can read more about the policy
recommendations here and here.
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