After the NSA, Is the Internet Forever Changed?

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In 2013, the NSA caught nearly everyone off guard, including tech giants like Google and Facebook, who have been fighting ever since to preserve the foundations of trust and confidentiality that their customers rely upon and the industry has prided itself on.

Telecom companies have long been excluded from this realm of apparent safety. They've taken our money for calls, and worked with and for higher powers for decades. But all the while, the web has been free—free from the strictures of a heavy government hand and safe for our photos and emails and data.

Well, that's what everyone thought anyway. Are the tech giants of today just friendly competitors with an enlightened sense of customer service, or just the same scary communication monoliths of old?

In his new piece for Wired, “How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet," Steven Levy explores how companies like "Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and the other tech titans have had to fight for their lives against their own government."