Skip to comments.The US government has betrayed the internet. We need to take it back
Posted on 09/05/2013 7:24:25 PM PDT by shego
Government and industry have betrayed the internet, and us.
By subverting the internet at every level to make it a vast, multi-layered and robust surveillance platform, the NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. The companies that build and manage our internet infrastructure, the companies that create and sell us our hardware and software, or the companies that host our data: we can no longer trust them to be ethical internet stewards.
This is not the internet the world needs, or the internet its creators envisioned. We need to take it back.
And by we, I mean the engineering community.
Yes, this is primarily a political problem, a policy matter that requires political intervention.
But this is also an engineering problem, and there are several things engineers can -- and should -- do....
Dismantling the surveillance state won't be easy. Has any country that engaged in mass surveillance of its own citizens voluntarily given up that capability? Has any mass surveillance country avoided becoming totalitarian? Whatever happens, we're going to be breaking new ground.
Again, the politics of this is a bigger task than the engineering, but the engineering is critical. We need to demand that real technologists be involved in any key government decision making on these issues. We've had enough of lawyers and politicians not fully understanding technology; we need technologists at the table when we build tech policy.
To the engineers, I say this: we built the internet, and some of us have helped to subvert it. Now, those of us who love liberty have to fix it.
(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...
Surprise Surprise Surprise!
DARPA invented the internet.
about time someone said it
“Now, those of us who love liberty have to fix it.”
Funny. The Guardian is a lefty paper who butchered Bush, America etc since the Iraq War and one thing I hate about anti-Americans is when they prop up conservative terms when they’re on the back end of their liberal policies.
What amazes me is how anyone can be surprised that the government will use anything it can to keep the citizens under control.
Actually, it was before DARPA, as just an on-campus ad-hoc solution to a practical need.
Return to FACE-To-FACE communications, period.
Demand REAL customer service, human face-to-face interaction.
The benefits would be real;
1. People would have to learn to be civil to one another again. Let's face it, what people say anonymously to each other via the Internet is VASTLY different than when they have to interact face to face.
2. The NSA can no longer "spy on everyone." There simply aren't enough NSA staff to stand around and LISTEN to every conversation in public or private.
Keep your PRIVATE communications OFF the internet. Learn to actually interact with HUMANS, rather than computers. Demand face-to-face interactions and customer service.
Then watch how fast the Internet falls apart. My God in Heaven, we may actually return to a more civil, personable society!! OH THE HORROR!!!
Put you life on a pipe to a 3rd party and you have been compromised.
I also agree with point #2.
Anyone noticed how much slower your email loads in Yahoo or MSN than it used to? Been the way for quite some time despite much faster computers and bandwidth improvements.
I had not.
I thought I was being singled out for special monitoring. The speed is agonizingly slow most of the time.
And thereabouts. Gopher and all.
The best way to take back the internet is to have and use strong encryption. And that means even going so far as to import strong encryption from abroad.