Make a great no mistake we don’t need in vase privacy busting tools to keep the world a safe place. It already is safer than it ever has been and this trend predates even the Internet.
What we do need is a world in which private activities and communications are secure. We need people to feel comfortable saying and doing what they need to on their phones and the Web without fear that it will be used against them. This will have far greater benefit to mankind and the free world than spy tech that invades your phone ever could.
NSO can say they’re trying to make the world a safer place, but they are also making the world a more surveilled place.”
The cyberarms industry typified by the NSO Group operates in a legal gray area, and it is often left to the companies to decide how far they are willing to dig into a target’s personal life and what governments they will do business with.
The only solution against this onslaught of freedom killing software and the surveillance state is actually the government. People have to write laws that forbid this type of software and associated technologies. That won’t completely prevent this type of invasive snooping but it will limit it and give people recourse to fight companies that profit from stealing our personal and private info.
How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone http://nyti.ms/2cfXAZy
Securing every public place, metal detectors at soft targets, guards (human or robot) everywhere are not the solutions we need.
Orlando should not be a call to lock things down. Think about what has helped the LGBT community the most over the years: openness, understanding, awareness.
We all too often fear the wrong things. Terrorism and mass killings strike our nerves, but we overlook all the other things that are far more likely to kill us (car accidents, disasters, carcinogens, environmental toxins, climate change, to name a few).
This writer puts too much emphasis on physically securing things. He cites Israel and Ireland in the 80’s. These are not the places we should strive to build.
Openness and tolerance paired with vigilance is a better path. Keeping harmful weapons from people likely to use them would help. There is no valid argument not to require licencing and registration of weapons. Better awareness and treatment of mental health and domestic violence issues would be preferable to fences. For that matter treating underlying causes of violent tendencies would be a good place to start. Poverty, marginalization, extremism, fundamentalism, these are the things that drive mass killings. Let’s hear about some solutions for these issues.
One way to beat the ISP monopolies is to join a mesh WiFi network. It may also be a great way to avoid some government snooping. Poorly implemented mesh networks could leave users wide open to other snoops and hackers.
No need to worry about customer service. It couldn’t possibly be worse than the commercial providers.
NYTimes: Home Wireless Network Keeps the Snoops Away
Most Americans say they believe the law is inadequate in protecting their privacy online.
How is it that the System, Big Business, Big Data, and the Cult of Special Interests can subvert the will of the people so easily? Why do we not have a digital bill of rights for our data? Seems most Americans want laws to protect our data.
The e-mail or social media accounts of one in five have been broken into.
If 1 in 5 houses or businesses had been broken into we’d certainly agree something needs to be done.
most American consumers take great efforts to mask their identities online
Of course they do. Where we shop and what we buy is nobody’s business but our own. We need some rules to anonymize the commercial data gathered about us.
Apparently, most Americans do have something to hide – at least from complete strangers trying to profit from knowing what they do online.
NYTimes: Americans Go to Great Lengths to Mask Web Travels, Survey Finds
Long overdue. Government IT purchases must now pass law enforcement review to make sure the Chinese (and other countries) aren’t embedding backdoor access into the IT infrastructure equipment the US buys. Things like switches, routers, even the chips on cell phones are increasingly made in countries susceptible to foreign and not necessarily friendly manipulation and subterfuge.
law requires the agencies to make a formal assessment of “cyber-espionage or sabotage” risk in consultation with law enforcement authorities when considering buying information technology systems.
Don’t forget that in October 2012 the US government decided Chinese cellphone manufacturers Huwaei and ZTE couldn’t be trusted.
concludes that the risks associated with Huawei’s and ZTE’s provision of equipment to U.S. critical infrastructure could undermine core U.S. national – security interests.
A clear example of the fallibility of internet architecture.
We need to remember that the Internet is not impervious to threat. Our dependence on it leaves us vulnerable to internet bandits and/or freedom fighters (depending on how you see these scoundrels).
NYTimes: Firm Is Accused of Sending Spam, and Fight Jams Internet http://nyti.ms/14mVCPc
I’m sure the governments of all the developed economies in the world (including Uncle Sam) are doing it. Its simple logic that it would be foolish not to engage in cyber-warfare. That’s not to say that any of them are actively trying to topple governments or cripple opposing militaries (not yet). They must be developing the technology and infrastructure to do it so they can attack or defend should the need arise.
Its interesting to see reports of the kind of operations they are conducting at the moment. If this article is correct, the Chinese government tanked Coca Cola’s purchase of a Chinese beverage company. So what? Coca Cola is part of the problem in the world not part of the solution. But what about when they steal info from Cisco that grants them backdoor access to network infrastructure worldwide. What about when they get the data to falsify the friend/foe ID in a Lockheed Martin fighter jet?
We need a public/private partnership to address privacy and security of data; one that balances the need for national security with citizens’ and corporations’ right to privacy. Each player will have to be flexible and give a little, but we clearly need a national policy – best practice plan to manage online security before things get away from us.