‘It put Glenn Greenwald, one of the first journalists to receive the treasure trove of NSA documents from Edward Snowden, face to face with the former NSA chief Michael Hayden, who led the NSA before and after 9/11. The two took part in a two-on-two debate, joined by Reddit founder and Internet entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian, and Alan Dershowitz, a prominent lawyer and a professor at Harvard Law School.
‘You can watch the debate in its entirety below, but we’ve collected some of the best quotes and exchanges below…’
4. “Alexis, I actually agree with a lot of your stuff, the balkanization of the Internet would be a human tragedy. […] Glenn, I don’t agree with anything you said.” — Hayden
5. “The surveillance state has run amok. Technology that’s enabled us to send selfies 24/7 — not that valuable –- has also enabled us to be spied upon us 24/7.” — Ohanian
Ohanian was probably the funniest of the four (at a certain point he said: “Neither one of us wants to take responsibility for Bieber,” referring to Americans and Canadians) and constantly reminded the audience that he was the technologist in the room, able to understand exactly what all these NSA revelations actually mean for the Internet. He talked about the dangers of a balkanized Internet, and the dangers of letting the NSA exploit surveillance flaws without telling others.
7. “[Greenwald] really sounds like he’s against all surveillance unless you can find a guy with the Al Qaeda card, wearing an Al Qaeda baseball cap, an Al Qaeda uniform.” — Dershowitz
8. “It’s so much easier to debate people when you can pretend that they hold moronic position that they don’t actually believe.” — Greenwald
complete quotes and video
Yahoo Account Policy Hurts Iranians’ Free Speech, Activists Say
Just what we should expect from social networks except Twitter
‘For activists, this is notable because of Yahoo’s extreme popularity in Iran. 63% of its netizens use it as their primary email service, according to a recent survey.
‘Internet users in Iran haven’t been able to register for new Yahoo accounts since September 2013, when the company started requiring phone numbers in the registration process as a security measure. On Wednesday, two pro-Iranian organizations urged Yahoo to change the policy to help protect Iranians’ free speech rights.
‘When Yahoo started requiring mobile phone numbers from new users, Iran, along with a series of other countries like Syria, Cuba, Libya and Myanmar, was not included in the drop-down menu for country codes. That effectively means people with phone numbers in those countries can’t successfully sign up for an account…’