From CNBC: The dreamers, brains and cranks who built the Internet hoped it would be a tool of liberation and knowledge. Last week, an altogether bleaker vision emerged with new revelations of how the
government is using it as a monitoring and tracking device.
Silicon Valley, a place
not used to second-guessing the bright future it is eternally building, there
was a palpable sense of dismay.
"Most of the people who developed the network are bothered by the way it is being misused," said Les Earnest, a retired Stanford computer scientist who built something that resembled Facebook nine years before the inventor of Facebook was born. "From the beginning we worried about governments getting control. Well, our government has finally found a way to tap in….."