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Journal of Information Ethics

A Review Of

Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet and The Snowden Files


The continuing saga of WikiLeaks and the fate of Edward Snowden remain a story of conflicting viewpoints. Those interested in exploring the reasoning behind such hacking and exposure will find that Cypherpunks supplies the background and philosophy of the techies who feel strongly that the Internet must remain a free zone for privacy in communication, economic activity, and movement/ travel. The Snowden Files shows another, more reserved, approach but with the same end—to alert people to the government’s invasion of their personal privacy that, legally, it is only permitted access after proper procedures are followed against specific individuals.

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From Journal of Information Ethics, Vol. 24, No. 1 (Spring 2015) © 2015 Edited by Robert Hauptman by permission of McFarland & Company, Inc., Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640.