Edward Snowden's biggest fear about leaking the secrets of the National Security Agency's surveillance, he said via video at an event Thursday, was that no one would care. The hundreds of people who gathered to see him talk on a screen spoke to the contrary.
The event Snowden was speaking at, the Personal Democracy Forum, marked the one-year anniversary of Snowden's NSA leaks. The event also served to promote the Reset the Net campaign, which is trying to get Internet denizens to protect themselves and fellow Web users against surveillance. The group hopes to do this by disseminating a "privacy pack" of software, which contains programs users can download to protect their various data, and by encouraging websites to secure their users' data (using tools such as HTTPS) within the year. Bold-face companies like Google, Reddit, Mozilla, Twitter, and Yahoo have already signed onto Reset the Net's pledge to protect user data.
That's not all Google is doing. On Tuesday, the tech giant announced it will start offering end-to-end encryption for Gmail accounts. What does that mean? In the past, the NSA could theoretically tap into Google's data centers to retrieve users' email information. With end-to-end encryption, only the email's sender and recipient can access the pass phrase they need to read the message.