18. Who is Edward Snowden?

In June 2013, 29-year-old Edward Snowden bravely told the whole country that their government had been spying on them. And not only them, on the entire world. As a result, he’s no longer allowed back in the U.S without facing treason charges and life in prison, or worse. But he risked all that because sometimes the truth is more important than the consequences. He also proved that sometimes, one person can change the entire world.

Terms:

  • Metadata: a set of data that describes and gives information about other data.
  • Whistleblower: a person who informs on a person or organization engaged in an inappropriate or illegal activity.
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis- A cost-benefit analysis is a process businesses use to analyze decisions.

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Have you ever heard of the Group of Twenty? You might know it better by its nickname, the G20. It’s a conference of government bank ministers and officials from the 19 richest countries in the world, plus the European Union. Members meet each year to discuss policy, strategize, and, in theory, work to make their countries stronger, more prosperous places. But if you’ve read The Creature From Jekyll Island, you know that when you put all the people who control our money in one room, it doesn’t always end well for the rest of us. Well, this week, the G20 is meeting. And according to some news reports that went mostly under the radar, these folks are cooking up a plan to tax everyone even more. Yes, everyone. We’re talking the entire world. No joke. This plan to set a “minimum corporate tax” rate of 21% was pitched this week

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