"We should always worry when we see big business and big government getting cozy," warns Reason Managing Editor Katherine Mangu-Ward about Verizon's new contract with the Department of Interior. Under the 10-year, $10 billion contract, Verizon will provide cloud and hosting services.
This contract has caused some to question Verizon's relationship with the federal government. In June, the Guardian reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) had ordered Verizon to hand over phone records of its customers to the U.S. government.
According to a Wall Street Journal article posted Tuesday night, the NSA has developed a surveillance network that can reach about 75 percent of all Internet traffic in the U.S. This is considerably more internet survellience than intelligence officials have previously disclosed to the public.
Air Date: August 20, 2013
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