July 4, 2014, 11:51 p.m.

The Bright Future of the Fourth

Thirteen months ago, I would never have dreamed that we'd be where we are today.

Back then, I was working professionally on surveillance reform; but there really were not many of us. The Fourth Amendment was hardly headline news. We had support from maybe 20% of Congress, but almost none from a deferential judiciary, a hostile executive branch, and an indifferent tech industry. Litigation against warrantless surveillance looked like it was at best on life support.

What Snowden did thirteen months ago shook, and is still shaking the world. The truths coming out about the NSA's activities have reconfigured diplomatic relations, affected the profits of the world's largest companies, and reshaped the Internet itself.

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