I won an award, I blogged about my opinions on the NSA, and I'm happy to take questions.
See: http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/1j6fbm/google_engineer_wins_nsa_award_then_says_nsa/. Moving here for ease of QA. My original post: http://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2013/07/19/nsa-award-for-best-scientific-cybersecurity-paper/
Proof that this is me: http://imgur.com/832My77
EDITED TO ADD: Thanks so much everybody everybody for the questions, support and gold. I really appreciate it. This came up randomly in the middle of my day off to move apartments and I'm now hopelessly delayed packing and need dinner, but totally worth it!
Please everybody if you are able to, donate to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (https://www.eff.org/) and subscribe to their blog, they've been doing the most on this issue for years.
You can follow me on Twitter @josephbonneau. I intend to tweet more often.
EDITED AGAIN DECEMBER 2013: 4 months later, the more we know about the NSA the grimmer it looks. I'm glad I didn't rush to judgement too much faster, but sadly much of what I wrote is now looking too favorable towards the NSA. It's a rogue organization. More than ever I think it needs to be abolished.
I've left Google and am returning to do research fulltime. I'll be a fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton and am also hoping to work with EFF on some projects. I finished the Half-ironman triathlon, am now certified as a Wilderness EMT, and I've spent 2 months off work travelling.
Thanks again to everybody who participated, this was a great experience for me and has motivated me greatly in my career and life!