Major technology companies, stung by revelations that the U.S. government collects people’s personal data on their networks, on Monday issued an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance. As part of a global campaign to reform data collection, Google, Facebook, Apple and others said concerns over national security should be weighed against individual rights
American and British intelligence operations have been spying on gamers across the world, media outlets reported, saying that the world’s most powerful espionage agencies sent undercover agents into virtual universes to monitor activity in online fantasy games such as “World of Warcraft.” Stories carried Monday by The New York Times, the Guardian, and ProPublica said U.S. and U.K
The lanky 18-year-old in a blue mortarboard cap, his shoulders festooned with tassels and other regalia, stepped to the lectern, gave Howard High School’s Class of 2001 a nervous snicker and spoke words heard in countless other graduation speeches that year. “There is no reason why this class shouldn’t be a testament to the past thousand years of learning, and the next thousand years,” Alexis Ohanian told the crowd at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. “Live up to the name ‘Class of the Millennium.’ The only future we have is that which we make for ourselves.” At the time, Ohanian envisioned becoming a brain surgeon, a scientist curing disease or, perhaps, a lawyer – not one of the creators of Reddit, the so-called “front page of the Internet.” But within six years of that high school speech, his role in shaping Reddit into one of the 50 most heavily trafficked websites made him a millionaire.