Several Internet colossi such as AOL, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo and Apple got together for a common purpose: putting an end to government snooping. It seems that the prying and spying powers of the world’s governments had gone too far. Now the tech giants want a global government surveillance reform.
With Edward Snowden’s leaks making the government look like Big Brother straight out of George Orwell’s 1984, something had to be done to stop the constant breach in privacy. Especially, among the company CEOs, Marissa Mayer of Yahoo and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook were quite vocal regarding this unfair use of privilege by the world’s governments.
Every citizen has a right to his confidentiality. No one likes to have his private conversations or emails to become public knowledge. This is so sacred a tenet that it has become a part of the Constitution of the United States of America. Yet the sad thing is that it is precisely the USA which is the biggest culprit in this regard today.
Among some of the demands and requests that were made may be included: limiting governmental spying; increasing accountability and transparency; freedom of information and the avoidance of intergovernmental conflicts. Google’s Larry Page too was one of the vociferous campaigners among these Big Eight. They also signed a letter to President Obama beseeching him to end the abuse of power by the leadership and higher institutions in the name of security.