The Internet is a marvelous invention that allows the world’s populace to easily communicate across vast distances.

But like almost anything — a pen, a car — depending on the user it can also be a tool that creates harm, spreads misinformation or literally used as a weapon.

So the thoughts of Ron Deibert, director of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs are worth reading at this time of the year when revelations of former NSA consultant Edward Snowden are (pardon the pun) snowballing and a number of governments are re-thinking the trust they are putting into Internet governance.

Deibert, author of the recently published book Black Code, was interviewed by Candice So of our sister publication, where he talked about the possibility of an international digital bill of rights, the link between government and corporate surveillance of those online, and how security and privacy clash.

Click here to read the whole story and listen to an audio clip from the interview