December 19, 2013
This year’s National Security Agency revelations have created a firestorm of reports and debates about the state of U.S. surveillance technology and intelligence policy. It set off a brief international manhunt. Entire countries are now building countermeasures to deflect the NSA’s gaze. But at least in the eyes of Google, Edward Snowden was hardly a blip on the radar. The search giant’s global year-in-review is topped by Nelson Mandela, followed by the late actor Paul Walker and the iPhone 5S. Snowden doesn’t make an appearance.
Okay, the iPhone and the Harlem Shake might be skewing the results. What if we just limited it to people? Still no luck. Oscar Pistorius, the South African athlete under investigation for his girlfriend’s murder, ranked higher than Snowden.
This article was posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 1:17 pm