The lead article in today’s New York Times, “Internet Giants Erect Barriers to Spy Agencies,” portrays one more ramification of the revelations by Edward Snowden, who revealed an Orwellian scope to the eavesdropping of the National Security Agency
Now, with users demanding privacy, the software companies are pulling out all stops to ensure they get it.
The question then becomes how will the NSA react to these preventative measures. Without another Snowden on the horizon, we may never know the security of our communications for sure. The Internet has been buffeted with controversy recently, and its unique nature is under assault from a variety of fronts.
New rules affecting net neutrality may give larger companies access to faster transmission speeds, and the ability to break through as an underfunded underdog may be affected. And now the anonymity of the Internet is under assault as well with government agencies pressuring social media outlets for access, either through backdoors or more direct pressure.