Law of unintended consequences
Whatever people think about the current state of play, I take a lot of hope from Snowdens comments about the tech industry leading the way and making updated software that costs more to subvert. It is exactly the way to overcome a monopolist corrupt political system - make it really expensive to do the things we (the people) don't want them to do.
If the tools are made, but people don't use them, then democracy has spoken, but we need to have the choice and people need to be educated on the issues - this is what Snowden has given us and it is a powerful undercurrent that I see throughout the industry.
They always say 'follow the money'. Well, the contract market for skilled security workers has never been more bouyant, and there feels like a real scarcity in the market, especially since JP Morgan started hoovering up all the loose contractors.
The profile of online security (and thus the ability to keep data private) has come a long way in the last couple of years and I don't see it changing course anytime soon.
There is a war going on right under our modems and has been for some years.