• How Edward Snowden is Transforming the Global Political Landscape

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    Edward Snowden, the self-revealed whistleblower of the National Security Agency (NSA), has transformed the global landscape politically, digitally, and diplomatically in a matter of months.

    President Barack Obama, perhaps contrary to specific statements made on the 2008 presidential campaign trail, ushered in a period of unparallel government secrecy from the press, prosecution of government whistleblowers under the Espionage Act of 1917, and continuing the undisclosed expansion of the surveillance state through agencies such as the National Security Agency (NSA) between 2009 and 2013. In June 2013 several NSA programs were revealed to the public by journalist Glenn Greenwald through The Guardian. Edward Snowden publicly revealed his identity as the NSA whistleblower and Greenwald's source. Snowden's NSA leaks, and subsequent public revelation as the NSA whistleblower, sparked an immediate national and global debate over the ethics of mass surveillance systems, increased diplomatic pressure on the U.S., and motivated some U.S. allies to seek withdrawal from the U.S.-centric internet. This project primarily explores the instantaneous global ramifications of Snowden's exposal of his whistleblower identity and the NSA's surveillance programs. The leaked NSA documents suggest that the U.S. government indiscriminately collects all users' data from phone records, chats, emails, and social media websites with little public transparency and accountability, making this an issue that impacts nearly every U.S. citizen and many individuals, corporations, and countries around the world.


    Created for GSTR 410 at Berea College, taught by Dr. Peter Hackbert. Show less
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