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Growing backlash to government surveillance

(AP) – A rising backlash to revelations of widespread National Security Agency surveillance takes many forms:

_ Encryption programs for email, Internet browsers, texting, instant messaging and other communications that encode messages so they appear garbled to eavesdroppers.

_ Disruptive campaigns that insert words like “anthrax” or “Taliban” in various digital communications to degrade the effectiveness of surveillance programs that search for red-flag words.

_ Cryptoparties are social gatherings where hosts teach attendees, who bring digital devices, how to use encryption programs.

_ Petitions and rallies demanding Congress and the Obama administration to rein in government surveillance.

_ Political reforms aimed to add privacy protections and boost oversight of government surveillance practices.

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