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Snowden's Plea to Top Technologists: Build an Internet for the People

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The internet is not for businesses, governments, or spies. It's for users—and it's up to the independent web engineers to keep it safe for them.

That was the most recent message from National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, who surprised a meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in Prague, Czech Republic on Monday with a webcast Q&A.

'Who is the Internet for, who does it serve, who is the IETF's ultimate customer?' Snowden asked of the roughly 170 engineers in the audience, referring to users. He added that current safety protocols on the web make too much private user data available to NSA and other intelligence agencies and businesses. 'We need to divorce identity from persona in a lasting way,' Snowden said.

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