Secret Sharers

A close look at privacy, surveillance and hacktivism

"Americans really are a bit schizophrenic when it comes to this," observed Joe Scarborough of MSNBC as he discussed TIME's recent poll on privacy and surveillance. Accompanying Michael Scherer's June 24 cover story about the influence of hacker culture on a new generation of government leakers, the poll found that public opinion is split on whether the government should be able to collect private communications to prevent terrorist attacks. Bob Schieffer of CBS's Face the Nation called the story a "fascinating" look at the issue. Some readers questioned whether the late Aaron Swartz, a computer programmer who faced charges for downloading...

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