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Edward Snowden to Help Develop a Safer Phone for Journalists

Edward Snowden, who spoke via a video connection from Russia, said he was working with a computer hacker to see if it would be possible to modify a smartphone to alert journalists working in dangerous environments to electronic surveillance.CreditKayana Szymczak for The New York Times

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden said Thursday that he planned to help develop a modified version of Apple’s iPhone for journalists who are concerned that they may be the target of government surveillance.

The announcement was made during a one-day conference on “Forbidden Research” held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab.

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