Linux and Other Open Source Technologies Protect Online Privacy

Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who is living in exile since 2013 when he uncovered NSA’s surveillance operations. However, the tech world’s robin hood makes quite a few virtual appearances and gives his views on the state of privacy.

Snowden’s latest Q&A interaction happened with OpenStack Foundation’s COO Mark Collier over a video conference call during the OpenStack Summit. Snowden emphasized that premium cloud platform and proprietary software are a dent on people’s privacy.

The NSA hacker has a soft corner for open source software as it allows people to share information without eternal interference. A few names he mentioned include Tor network, Debian open source OS, and the anonymity optimized Tails Linux distribution. He used a number of open source software during his 2013 revelation.

In the past, Snowden has promoted the Signal app which is known for its end-to-end encryption offering, and he had plans to create an iPhone privacy case. Also, he is working on an open source tool called SecureDrop which allows documents to be shared with the media.

There is an uncertainty about the closed-source software that prevents Snowden from trusting them, you never know when they’re spying on you. “All systems should be designed to obey the users and they should not lie to the user,” he said.

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