The Guardian has put together this intensive explanation of everything the NSA revelations mean for average Joe Internet User, with videos, interviews and interactive diagrams. Above, an example of how many people would get examined by the NSA based on Facebook contacts if you were under observation.
Cell phones, laptops, Facebook, Skype, chat-rooms: all allow the NSA to build what it calls a pattern of life, a detailed profile of a target and anyone associated with them.
And the number of people caught up in this dragnet can be huge.
You don't need to be talking to a terror suspect to have your communications data analysed by the NSA. The agency is allowed to travel "three hops" from its targets who could be people who talk to people who talk to people who talk to you. Facebook, where the typical user has 190 friends, shows how three degrees of separation gets you to a network bigger than the population of Colorado. How many people are three "hops" from you?
|"Everything about the world Orwell envisioned has become so obvious that one keeps running up against the novel's narrative shortcomings."|
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|"His new job tasks him with defending a different endangered species: American national security journalists."|
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|"Anyone refusing to reveal their face may be imprisoned for up to a month."|
|“You become more difficult for an algorithm to understand, market to, or manipulate.”|
|"You could be targeted for ads for things you don’t even realize that you like."|
|"The machine had gotten inside the human’s head."|
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|"The most automated warehouse of its kind"|
|"How will that impact human evolution going forward?"|
|"Maybe someone liked my stuff."|
|"Low-cost solar and human-powered vehicle."|
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|"The American auto industry will face a death spiral of epic proportions."|