Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Dec 2013 17:47 UTC

The giants of the tech industry are uniting to wage a campaign for sweeping reforms to the National Security Agency.

Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple, LinkedIn and AOL are setting aside their business rivalries to demand that Congress and President Obama scale back the government's voracious surveillance.

These companies had little to no qualms about teaming up with the US government back when it was all done in relative secrecy, but now that it's out in the open, they're acting like heroes. This campaign would never have been launched if Snowden hadn't blown the whistle, which means the motive behind this new campaign is money - not morality.

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by Darkmage on Tue 10th Dec 2013 17:14 UTC
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Let's not beat around the bush here. This is all to stop countries from rolling their own linux distro's and telling American IT companies to get lost. Nothing more, nothing less. There's no morality here or they would have come forward earlier. Obviously there's been some very negative reactions from overseas groups to the NSA revelations and Microsoft and Apple are starting to lose business from it. All it would take is one country. Just one, to develop a completely open source government stack, and they could lose the government market in most countries. Certainly China would completely drop off, and that's billions to trillions of dollars at stake. That's why these companies are acting.

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