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2014 Topical Reporting, Large Newsroom finalist

Surveillance

 

Finalist(s)
Kara Brandeisky, Cora Currier, Justin Elliott, Jeff Larson, Theodoric Meyer, Stephen Suen; Sisi Wei. For The New York Times: James Glanz, Andy Lehren, Mark Mazzetti, Nicole Perlroth, Scott Shane

Organizations
ProPublica
The New York Times

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Topical Reporting, Large Newsroom

Program
2014

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About the Project

In August, ProPublica published a story, based on documents provided to The Guardian by Edward Snowden, that showed that intelligence agencies have worked to break and undermine internet security: www.propublica.org/article/the-nsas-secret-campaign-to-crack-undermine-internet-encryption

Other stories followed:
The stories were accompanied by a mix of explainers, timelines and interactives to help orient readers on what is an enormously complex topic:

Our coverage has had impact. A government standards agency recommended against its own encryption standard that, as we had disclosed, had been undermined by the NSA. Our story also prompted pending legislation in Congress.