This year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) conference featured a rare teleconference interview with Edward Snowden. Speaking to a crowd of developers and entrepreneurs, Snowden said the National Security Agency (NSA) is “setting fire to the future of the Internet,” adding, “You guys are all the firefighters. We need you to help us fix this.” He called on privacy activists, cryptographers and developers to build better tools to help protect the privacy of users of technology, The New York Times reports, which will, he said, “allow us to reclaim the open and trusted Internet.” Meanwhile, a judge has blocked plans by the NSA to begin destroying phone records it collected for surveillance. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court had ruled last week that the NSA could destroy the records. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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