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Snowden Advocates for More Encryption

During the hourlong discussion, Snowden referred to mass surveillance techniques as unlawful and suggested that more targeted methods of surveillance can be lawful without the need for bulk Internet data collection. Snowden explained that end-to-end encryption makes mass surveillance difficult at the network level.

"By doing end-to-end encryption, you force global passive adversaries to go after the end points and the individual computers," Snowden said. "The result of that is a more constitutional and carefully overseen intelligence-gathering model."

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Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.