Notable Symbols - 2013

Other Notable Symbols in 2013, chosen by Symbolic Systems Program affiliates:

the National Security Agency logo

Logo for the National Security Agency, United States of America


Documents leaked by Edward Snowden about Top Secret surveillance programs put the U.S. National Security Agency in the news for much of 2013. The NSA logo gave face to an agency that had previously kept a low profile. Unauthorized uses and adaptations of the logo became objects of legal debate. - Nominated by John Hart (Class of 1997), Clay Kunz (Class of 1995), and John DeNero
(Class of 2002)

the cloud

Weather clouds icon

The year saw a worldwide shift in focus towards personal data in "the cloud". Cloud icons connote the personal mobility gained from services such as cloud computing, storage, and apps. Older, metaphorical meanings of "the cloud" capture the uncertainty and concern that emerged over surveillance versus privacy in communication networks. - Nominated by Emily Mandelbaum (Class of 2002)

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