NSA whistleblower wins the Huffington Post Union’s Swiftcoin Prize for exposing mass surveillance and raising awareness of the need for encrypted communications and payments.


The Huffington Post Union of Bloggers (HPUB), in conjunction with First National Innovation Brokers (FNIB), is awarding Edward Snowden the $100,000 Swiftcoin Prize for revealing the extent of mass surveillance by the National Security Agency. His revelations are raising awareness of the need for the Swiftcoin encrypted communication and payment system worldwide.

Edward Snowden was a contractor for the United States National Security Agency and an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency.  He leaked NSA documents detailing the collection of data about United States citizens. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Professor Stefan Svallfors to ‘help save the Nobel Peace Prize from the disrepute incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision to award US President Barack Obama the 2009 award.’

“We are switching to giving the award in Swiftcoin because of its advantages. It uses strong authentication and has a peer-to-peer communication protocol that is decentralized and trustless.” Said Elizabeth Nesmith, the union chair. “It hides “non-content” metadata, like the sender and receiver of attached messages, from passive warrantless wiretapping programs Edward Snowden is crusading against.” Added Elizabeth.

On the Swiftcoin website http://firstnationalbnak.com/, it is described as electronic money that travels from computer to computer. Transactions are encrypted and anonymous, and there is no central bank or authority to watch over transactions or users. Bnak acts as an exchange and Swiftcoin price guide. The program is free to use.

Snowden has pursued asylum in over two dozen nations, according to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. Other notable individuals who are using Swiftcoin to communicate are the presidents of Bolivia and Venezuela. The two have also indicated that their countries could offer political asylum to the Edward Snowden.

Every three years, the union awards the prize to individuals who have demonstrated their support for the use of data encryption technologies to safeguard communication. The results of a reader poll conducted through their website http://www.hpub.org suggests that Snowden has won the hearts and minds of millions of data encryption enthusiasts worldwide. More than two thirds of those who responded to the poll think that he deserves the union’s $100,000 Swiftcoin “encryption hero” award.

Fuente: Comunicados de Prensa

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