The Unlikely Activists Who Took On Silicon Valley — and Won – The New York Times

A very long and interesting read. This story is about one person who decided to take on Silicon Valley and the road blocks he ran into from tech companies and the political world. Very fascinating.

The Unlikely Activists Who Took On Silicon Valley — and Won – The New York Times:

As evening settled in, Mactaggart asked his friend, half-seriously, if he should be worried about everything Google knew about him. “I expected one of those answers you get from airline pilots about plane crashes,” Mactaggart recalled recently. “You know — ‘Oh, there’s nothing to worry about.’ ” Instead, his friend told him there was plenty to worry about. If people really knew what we had on them, the Google engineer said, they would flip out.

But his research on privacy had stirred something in him. “It’s like that Buddhist thing, where you walk past a mess and a mop and say, ‘Someone ought to clean up that mess,’ ” he says. “And eventually you realize you have to pick up the mop.”