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Opinion: Policies Should Acknowledge Technology

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

July 2, 2013

The U.S. National Security Agency took advantage of the “increased use of digital communications and cloud services, coupled with outdated privacy laws, to expand and streamline their surveillance programs,” writes Ashkan Soltani for MIT Technology Review. Technology will no longer be a barrier to automated surveillance, and costs are only coming down. “Whatever policy actions are taken as a result of the recent leaks” should address these facts, Soltani says. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports on one artist creating products that offer increased privacy in light of Google Glass, and a Texas congressman has said he’s disappointed with Google’s response to questions over the product.
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