Snowden Talks Security With Popular Science

ENCRYPTION MOVES FROM AN ESOTERIC PRACTICE TO THE MAINSTREAM

Was 2013 really an atomic moment?

Yeah, the easiest way to analogize this is that 2013 was the "atomic moment" for the profession of computer scientists and the field of technologists. The nuclear physicists of a previous era were just fascinated with their capabilities and what secrets they could unlock, but didn't consider how these powers would be used in their most extreme forms.

Ed. Snowden, PopSci.