Edward Snowden appeared by satellite at the Personal Democracy Forum conference in New York on Thursday to endorse Reset the Net, a new privacy initiative backed by some of the largest digital corporations in the world and formed largely in response to the NSA surveillance he exposed.
“We have the technology, and adopting encryption is the first effective step that everyone can take to end mass surveillance,” Mr. Snowden wrote in an earlier post on a Reset the Net Tumblr. “That’s why I am excited for Reset the Net — it will mark the moment when we turn political expression into practical action, and protect ourselves on a large scale.”
The initiative, designed to encrypt data that could be intercepted by the National Security Agency and other government entities conducting bulk data sweeps, is also supported by Google, Yahoo, Twitter, and a host of privacy groups and tech companies.
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