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NPR and Ars Technica Team Up To Spy On Reporter

on Thursday, Jun. 12th

This week National Public Radio and Ars Technica collaborated on a fascinating piece: NPR tech reporter Steve Henn underwent voluntary NSA-style surveillance:

It’s been just over a year since Edward Snowden became a household name, and his disclosures about the reach and extent of the National Security Agency’s online monitoring programs led to headlines around the world.

But one big, basic question remains more or less unanswered: What exactly does the NSA’s surveillance reveal?

To try to answer that question, I had my home office bugged.

The Ars Technica version of the story focuses on the technical details–as Ars is know for–and paints a picture of just how easy (relatively speaking) it is to construct an image of someone’s life from their digital shadow.

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