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What the President Didn't Say About Surveillance

If the products and services of U.S. companies are seen as "compromised," technology executives worry that foreign consumers may abandon them in favor of "N.S.A.-resistant" products such as the blackphone that Big Think wrote about recently. 

In his highly anticipated speech on government surveillance Friday, President Obama did not address these concerns. According to The New York Times, "Mr. Obama’s refusal to address the issue reflects a deep divide in the administration, with some intelligence officials complaining that without the ability to break encryption, create “back doors"’ to enter computer systems abroad and to exploit flaws in software, the United States would be unilaterally disarming at a moment of heightened cyber conflict."

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