When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government. The U.S. government should be the champion for the Internet, not a threat. They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst.
— Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, expressing frustration that the NSA’s mass surveillance regime is undermining America’s technology industry and impeding damaging the nation’s credibility around the world. Zuckerberg should take his own advice and abandon Facebook’s “ask forgiveness, not permission” approach.