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Edward Snowden

The study asked participants about the revelations of government spying made by Edward Snowden, a widely discussed issue on which Americans were almost equally divided.

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The Internet might be a useful tool for activists and organizers, in episodes as momentous as the Arab Spring or as trivial as the Ice Bucket Challenge. But overall, it has largely diminished rather than enhanced political participation, according to new data.

From The New York Times
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