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CNN Profiles: Who's guarding the guardians?
The National Security Agency may be the focus of controversy about privacy and data-mining, but the issues don't just involve the federal government.
June 14th, 2013
09:59 AM ET

CNN Profiles: Who's guarding the guardians?

Hosted by Michael Schulder

Follow Michael at: www.wavemaker.me

Editor's Note: Listen to the full interview in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – Do you remember when Google predicted the spread of the H1N1 flu throughout the U.S. more accurately and more quickly than the Centers for Disease Control did? Neither did I, until I started reading the new book, "Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think."

“Like the CDC,” write the authors, “they could tell where the flu had spread, but unlike the CDC they could tell it in near real time, not a week or two after the fact.”

Now that we have a great example of how much good internet giants can do – monitoring and storing our every click, our every phone call – we can get to the issue of the day: the leaks by a young computer analyst named Edward Snowden that revealed the U.S. government’s National Security Agency was gathering and storing far more of our online behavior and cell phone calls than we ever imagined. FULL POST

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Inside immigration's war rooms
Maricela Aguilar leads a United We Dream meeting in the room where the group tracks members of Congress by post-it notes.
June 13th, 2013
10:03 AM ET

Inside immigration's war rooms

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @LisaDCNN

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(CNN) – The U.S. Senate has officially begun the debate on immigration reform. However, it is only the last, and perhaps least, vocal step in what is a largely unseen and incredibly massive push and pull immigration from outside the Capitol.

[:43] "I think we should have a massive tweet attack on (Senator) Rubio," 22-year-old Maricela Aguilar suggested to her fellow staffers at United We Dream Wednesday.

The group is made of young Americans who were undocumented until President Obama created his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that grants temporary waivers to those who were brought into the country illegally as children.

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One leaker vs. a national debate
Graffiti focused on NSA leaker Edward Snowden sits on a sidewalk in San Francisco.
June 12th, 2013
11:06 AM ET

One leaker vs. a national debate

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @LisaDCNN

Editor's Note: Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – With rare exception, leakers don’t come forward voluntarily.

On Sunday though, when Edward Snowden and the Guardian revealed that he was the source behind the British newspaper’s bombshell stories about U.S. data collection, both the standard operating procedure and the way the public responds to these kinds of revelations may have changed.

In the Guardian interview, Snowden insisted he was going public so that Americans could hear and judge his motives for themselves and engage in a public debate over security versus privacy.

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The data insiders who 'hold the keys'
June 11th, 2013
10:42 AM ET

The data insiders who 'hold the keys'

By Libby Lewis, CNN

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(CNN) –  You may know that Edward Snowden was a system administrator for the NSA contractor he worked for – Booz Allen Hamilton.

You may even know that system administrators are responsible for nearly a third of the data breaches committed by insiders, because, as computer security expert Robert Richardson puts it, “they hold the keys.”

But here’s one thing you might not know: Snowden didn’t need the authority and access that he had to do his job.

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Chinese living in US look forward to Presidential visit
Chinese Ex-Pats in LA say Xi Jinping's visit to California is positive for both countries.
June 7th, 2013
10:46 AM ET

Chinese living in US look forward to Presidential visit

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) - Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit with President Obama in Southern California this weekend.

Chinese ex-patriots living in Los Angeles say the historic visit is good for both countries.

[1:04] “The two countries; the relationship more better. That is my wish.

Seventy-six-year-old Kit came to the US from China in the 1940s. He says he hopes the visit results in mutual respect between the two countries.

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