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Edward Snowden: This year you may own your identity

By Lucy Webster  

For many in the world of political journalism, 2013 was characterised by the Edward Snowden scandal, which first broke last June and is still rumbling on. Around that time, when we were first coming to understand the extent to which the American security apparatus had been spying on everyone’s communications, I wrote in Prospect arguing that the scandal showed society had placed an over-emphasis on security to the detriment of privacy, and that this needed to change.

In the subsequent months, this was indeed the consensus that emerged as more revelations abounded—perhaps the most politically damaging for the Oabama administration…

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