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Gwynne Dyer Commentary: Snowden's Actions Will Change The Internet Forever

Publication Date: 
August 14, 2013
Source: 
The Columbus Dispatch
Author: 
Gwynne Dyer

Jennifer Granick, Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, was quoted by Gwynne Dyer of The Columbus Dispatch about the role of the Internet in the world and why the U.S. government is a threat to this productive industry. 

Edward Snowden is safe from American "justice" for the moment, and he certainly will go down as the most effective whistleblower in history. His revelations are going to cause a wholesale restructuring of the world's most important communications system, the Internet.

On Aug. 8 Lavabit, a U.S.-based email-service provider that promised to keep its clients' communications private, closed down. The U.S. National Security Agency approached it six weeks ago, demanding the same access to its customers' emails that it already has extorted from big American Internet companies such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Amazon and Microsoft.

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As Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at the Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, put it recently: "America invented the Internet, and our Internet companies are dominant around the world. But the U.S. government, in its rush to spy on everybody, may end up killing our most productive industry."