Is Edward Snowden a hero or traitor? July 19th, 2013

In my opinion, I think it is not fair for us to simply conclude Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor. It depends on what position you are holding.

On the one hand, to the U.S. government, Snowden is absolutely a traitor. He not only damaged to the PRISM project, but also made the U.S. government embarrassed. Also, he broke the law and went against his promise to the government. Therefore, he should be a traitor to the U.S. government.

On the other hand, Snowden revealed the truth to public. This makes him a hero, because the public has rights to privacy. And the disclosure of PRISM helped the public know more about how their government violates them. Therefore, he should be a hero to the ordinary citizens.

I do not think the U.S. government should have right to monitor/censor the Internet for any reason, but I think this measure is just a compromise. So it may need citizens to understand and forgive.

In fact, the fundamental of PRISM program depends on the development of Internet or informatization. It is the network that allows the U.S. government having access to people’s privacy. According to what we learned in Chapter 7, all kinds of network severs play an important role in modern society. The popular cloud technology aggravates this effect. People’s desire of connection to each other forces them to afford the risk of information exposure. This is a double-edged sword.

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