Technology has been a liberating force in our lives. It allows us to create and share the experiences that make us human, effortlessly. But in secret, our very own government -- one bound by the Constitution and its Bill of Rights -- has reverse-engineered something beautiful into a tool of mass surveillance and oppression. The government right now can easily monitor whom you call, whom you associate with, what you read, what you buy, and where you go online and offline, and they do it to all of us, all the time.
In the long, dark shadow cast by the security state, a free society cannot thrive.
-- Edward Snowden in a statement supporting "Reset the Net", a site advocating increased use of strong passwords and encryption by individuals to counter government surveillance, 5 June 2014