[nexa] NYT: "Web’s Reach Binds N.S.A. and Silicon Valley Leaders"

J.C. DE MARTIN demartin at polito.it
Thu Jun 20 19:26:11 CEST 2013

June 19, 2013

  Web’s Reach Binds N.S.A. and Silicon Valley Leaders

            ByJAMES RISEN

WASHINGTON — When Max Kelly, the chief security officer for Facebook, 
left the social media company in 2010, he did not go to Google, Twitter 
or a similar Silicon Valley concern. Instead the man who was responsible 
for protecting the personal information of Facebook’s more than one 
billion users from outside attacks went to work for another giant 
institution that manages and analyzes large pools of data: theNational 
Security Agency 

Mr. Kelly’s move to the spy agency, which has not previously been 
reported, underscores the increasingly deep connections between Silicon 
Valley and the agency and the degree to which they are now in the same 
business. Both hunt for ways to collect, analyze and exploit large pools 
of data about millions of Americans.

The only difference is that the N.S.A. does it for intelligence, and 
Silicon Valley does it to make money.

The disclosure of the spy agency’s program called Prism, which is said 
to collect the e-mails and other Web activity of foreigners using major 
Internet companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook, has prompted the 
companies to deny that the agency has direct access to their computers, 
even as they acknowledge complying with secret N.S.A. court orders for 
specific data.

Yet technology experts and former intelligence officials say the 
convergence between Silicon Valley and the N.S.A. and the rise of data 
mining — both as an industry and as a crucial intelligence tool — have 
created a more complex reality.


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