Did We Give The Government Permission to Spy on Us?

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In the days since Edward Snowden leaked details about the National Security Agency’s data collecting program, we’ve seen editorialists and average Americans expressing outrage over what’s been called a government breach of privacy.

But Steve Blank says we shouldn’t be surprised. In fact, he’s shocked that so many Americans are even raising an eyebrow. As he sees it, the government and information carriers have long been connected; and we gave them permission to be connected as voters.

Blank is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and academic. He’s the author of the online series “The Secret History of Silicon Valley.”