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Oversight: Crowdsourcing the NSA’s surveillance programs

Geek comedian Tom Scott imagines citizen volunteers accessing the real-time data store of spy agencies to help keep the country safe.

Imagine that the NSA and the U.K.’s GCHQ opened their databases and tools to public volunteers to aid them in the search for terrorists. Tom Scott, who is described as a British geek comedian, programmer, and presenter, produced a video, “Oversight: Thank you for volunteering, citizen,” that imagines ordinary citizens accessing the databases of everything about everyone to assist governments in their surveillance activities.

Scott’s “Oversight” program lets ordinary citizens click on potential threats as they are logged, such as an e-mail with the words “blowing things up” in it; view the information; and add information to spy agency databases.

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