Just how surprised or outraged should we be that the government is tracking our data? If you are terribly surprised, you probably haven't been paying much attention, as there have been many hints over the years that the government is doing exactly exactly what the data operative Edward Snowden revealed it has been doing - running a massive phone and Internet surveillance program.
If you are outraged, that is another matter entirely. Your level of outrage is no doubt dependent on whether or not you regard this surveillance as "a minimal invasion of privacy," as the government wants us to believe, that has been used for the public good.
And yet, even if we give the government the benefit of the doubt on this claim, that does not mean that surveillance will only be used for benign purposes in the future. And today we look at the big ideas involved in this case, from legal precedent to the way we go about our lives as a data-producing species.