The Economist profiles “activist technology researcher” Chris Soghoian, whose actions have revealed privacy and security issues at organizations such as the Transport Security Administration, Google, Sprint and Dropbox. “Every privacy scandal essentially has to take the form of a firestorm,” says Soghoian, who holds a PhD from the University of Indiana. “I try to focus on things that are really important that haven’t gotten enough attention.” Soghoian’s most recent campaign targets the monitoring of Internet traffic by law enforcement agencies. “The marginal cost of spying on one more person is essentially zero now,” Soghoian says. “The economics of modern surveillance are not beneficial to the consumer.”
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