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The NSA's surveillance capacity is so vast it's scaring foreign clients away from America's technology industry. We hear what that means for the economy — and what it takes for an individual American to put blinders on government, private companies and potential criminals. Also, the Crimea overshadows the G-7 meeting in The Hague, and one killing leads to 529 death sentences in Egypt. It's part of the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Banner image: Mark Zuckerberg, one of the tech giants who has complained to President Obama about the NSA's massive surveillance capacity. Photo: Silverisdead

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Gideon Brower
Jenny Hamel

NSA Surveillance: Bad for Business and Personal Privacy 34 MIN, 15 SEC

Facebook, Microsoft, Google and other American tech giants are complaining to President Obama about threats to their bottom lines. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took his complaint to the White House on Friday, saying the President's not doing enough to reassure foreign clients or guarantee civil liberties. Foreign clients, including governments, are afraid they're being spied on by the National Security Agency — fears costing the industry 25 percent of its revenue, or some $180 billion a year. Now the NSA's revealed that US companies knew what was happening even when they denied it. It takes draconian steps for individual Americans to protect their privacy. Is the value of NSA's intelligence gathering worth the economic and personal cost?

Guests:
Claire Cain Miller, New York Times (@clairecm)
Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Center for Democracy & Technology (@JoeBeOne)
Jack Lerner, University of Southern California (@jacklerner)
Julia Angwin, ProPublica (@JuliaAngwin)

More:
Angwin on masking your location, protecting privacy
Angwin's 'Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance'
Center for Democracy & Technology on NSA surveillance
Faraday bag
Forester Research on possible cost of NSA's PRISM project to tech industry
Tor browser
TtP feature on PRISM, NSA collection of big data

Dragnet Nation

Julia Angwin

Egypt Sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood Members to Death 8 MIN, 58 SEC

In a case involving the death of a single policeman and the attempted murder of two others, an Egyptian court has imposed the sentence of death on 529 alleged members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The incident that gave way to today's mass sentencing was an attack on a police station in the Nile Valley last August.

Guests:
Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post (@ahauslohner)
Khaled Elgindy, Brookings Institution (@elgindy_)

The Arab Awakening

Kenneth M. Pollack

Crimea Overshadows G-7 Meeting in The Hague 7 MIN, 45 SEC

President Obama is in the Netherlands for a planned, 52-member summit on nuclear security — and an unplanned meeting of the G-7 industrialized countries to deal with a more pressing subject, that of Russia's annexation of Crimea. Peter Spiegel is Brussels Bureau Chief for the Financial Times.

Guests:
Peter Spiegel, Financial Times (@SpiegelPeter)

More:
The Hague declaration in support of Ukraine

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