NSA Revelations Present Business, Ethical Challenges in Silicon Valley

Friday, July 12, 2013

A little more than a month ago, The Guardian revealed the NSA was collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon Wireless customers. Since then, it has been revealed that Silicon Valley companies like Microsoft made data accessible to the security agency too.

Yesterday, The Guardian released a follow up showing the extent to which Microsoft worked with the NSA to make data from Outlook, Hotmail and Skype accessible.

They also highlight the complicated business and ethical problems Silicon Valley executives ran into while trying to make their products security-compliant.

Steve Blank, author of "The Secret History of Silicon Valley," joins us to explain Microsoft's role in circumventing the encryption process, and the business and ethical problems Silicon Valley executives have to address. 

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Steve Blank

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