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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tongue vs. hands
by pica on Mon 9th Dec 2013 18:32 UTC in reply to "Morality"
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In my experience: What these companies officially publish and what these companies do is quite opposite.

I'm sure, despite what these companies are publishing at the moment, these companies still will deliberately cooperate with NSA and other secret services.

Is a deliberate lie something "good" ?


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RE: tongue vs. hands
by atollena on Mon 9th Dec 2013 18:51 in reply to "tongue vs. hands"
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You are mistaken, these company have an interest in limiting the amount of information they deliver to NSA, because they know they are loosing trust from foreign companies and individuals. That's the point of this action. If you think they are doing it for "Good", you are just an utopist. They are taking this action to protect their business.

Obviously It doesn't mean they will stop cooperating with secret services, they just want to stop practices that hurt their business (we are talking about generalized surveillance without their consent).

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RE[2]: tongue vs. hands
by shillshocked on Tue 10th Dec 2013 02:47 in reply to "RE: tongue vs. hands"
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Sounds like a PR stunt. Most of these big companies are pure evil.

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