We live in interesting times. In the open source community, individuals give their time to create and maintain many of the technologies that digital citizens rely upon. These products are used for a variety of reasons. They help us create content, secure our communications, and power our computers.
In The Other Future, I shared my thoughts on the Surveillance State and outlined guidelines one could take to be a more secure, responsible netizen. Traditional technology companies have had a chance to react to surveillance revelations, as well, and at least one company has been strident in their recognition for privacy and security.
History will tell us if this is just opportunistic marketing, or a rare instance of a for-profit corporation demonstrating a taste for more than money. Regardless, the context within which the technology sector operates has changed, and in a Post-Snowden world, an examination of the major players seems warranted.