Essay on Surveillance And Its Effects On Surveillance

1437 Words Dec 6th, 2016 6 Pages
When Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA was spying on us in 2012, I expected people to be outraged. I expected a massive public backlash that would lead to reform. By and large, the public’s reaction has been underwhelming. For one reason or another, government surveillance is a topic that many people don’t know about or don’t talk about. I’ve talked to people about surveillance before, and many of them were unaware of key details about it. Some were simply unaware that government surveillance occurs at all. The purpose of this project is to make people aware of surveillance and to show them the harmful effects that surveillance can have. In order to do that, I have to provide some background.
First, I need to explain encryption. Encryption is a fundamental part of today’s technology. It allows for secure exchange of data between two or more parties. Every time you buy something online or log in to your Facebook account, encryption keeps your credit card details and password safe. It does this by scrambling the information before sending it. Using a special set of tools, your computer (or smartphone) mixes up your credit card number so that only the intended recipient can decrypt it and read it. If anyone intercepts the data containing your credit card info, it will look like gibberish. Thanks to encryption, only the entity you’re sending the information to can make sense of what’s being sent.
Next, I need to talk about how the government is currently using…

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