Episode #39

Backlash to NSA's PRISM Program Spawns a Movement

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In the wake of news that the National Security Agency is collecting vast amounts of digital data about the online activity of U.S. citizens, the federal government has said the program — known as PRISM — is crucial for homeland security. Of course, not everyone agrees.

This week on WNYC's New Tech City, a new movement called Stop Watching Us is pressing Congress to help reveal the full extent of NSA surveillance.

"We've mobilized over a hundred different organizations," said Alex Fowler, chief privacy officer at Mozilla, one of the organizations heading up the effort. "We're very close to 200,000 signatures from people who are very concerned about this issue."

Plus, a graphic designer revises the NSA's clunky slideshow about PRISM to better explain the program. 


Alex Fowler

Hosted by:

Manoush Zomorodi

Produced by:

Daniel P. Tucker


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Remaking NSA Prism PowerPoint

The following blog post is by New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi.

Imagine this: You flash your top-level security badge, settle into a government conference room as the lights dim and begin to watch a slideshow explaining the latest NSA surveillance plan, code-named PRISM.


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Old Glory 13

There are solutions. Check out The reason this is happening is because of the Patriot Act. It requires any company with servers located in the US to hand over our private information - without a warrant. This is against the 4th Amendment right of the Constitution. Privacy Abroad offers secure web surfing, email services and data storage - with companies who have servers located in Switzerland. Let's stand up for our RIGHTS!

Sep. 28 2013 11:22 PM

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