Snowden/Case Study and discussion

In class this Thursday (September 26) we will be talking about the Snowden case and the NSA leak.

Here is what you need to do to prepare:

1) First, read one of the several articles that broke the news on September 5, 2013:

N.S.A. Able to Foil Basic Safeguards of Privacy on Web

Revealed: The NSA’s Secret Campaign to Crack, Undermine Internet Security

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

2) Read one of the following short pieces on the technical aspects of the NSA leak:

How Snowden did it

The NSA’s work to make crypto worse and better

U.S. Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firms

3) Review the debate on the ethics of the NSA leak hosted by the New York Times

A Whistle-Blower, a Criminal or Both?

4) Come to class prepared with a short outline of A) what happened, and B) what are the key ethical issues involved?

Your outline does not need to be long, but it should be thorough enough for you to be able to use it to discuss the events and issues in an informed manner.

Please bring a print copy with you to class on Thursday.

Supplementary Sources:  (not required, but useful)

Leaker’s Flight Raises Tension Between U.S. and 3 Nations

Cryptic Overtures and a Clandestine Meeting Gave Birth to a Blockbuster Story

For Snowden, a Life of Ambition, Despite the Drifting

Inside the mind of NSA chief Gen Keith Alexander

NSA PRISM Program: Did the Government Use a Private Company to Set Up Its Spying Program?

From Economic Espionage to Smart Phone Snooping, the NSA is Watching

John Oliver Tears Into Media’s Superficial Snowden Coverage


Post-PRISM, Google Confirms Quietly Moving To Make All Searches Secure


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