Tech at Night: Regulation is about gaining and keeping control
Time and again we see calls for government to take the wheel. In fact in “It can’t happen here,” the fairy tale of a fascist takeover of America, their version of the swastika was a ship’s wheel, representing government’s control over economy and society. Every time there’s a call for regulation, ask what they want control of, and why.
Tech at Night: The government wants your data protected, except when it doesn’t.
Sometimes the government cheers the idea that your data is being protected from the bad guys. Other times, the government grumbles and complains. It turns out they’re fine with your data being at risk, as long as it means government can get to it whenever it wants. Funny, that.
Apple and Google make the right decision on privacy
Last Thursday, FBI Director James B. Comey had a bit of a hissy fit over the news that Apple and Google are outfitting their phone operating systems with encryption that will be virtually impossible to break: FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to | Read More »
Tech at Night: Barack Obama’s FBI director takes a stand against cryptographic privacy
Imagine a safe, one used to store important papers, extreme valuables, or even guns. When we put our things into a safe, to keep things secure against a determined thief. It’s very important they aren’t able to get in and take these things, so we ensure our safes are very difficult to open without authorization. The idea that we’d have a secret back door that could be exploited to gain unauthorized access, perhaps by the manufacturer, bypassing our control of the lock, would be unthinkable.
Yet, this is exactly what Obama’s FBI head, James Comey, is asking for when it comes to the safes protecting our online data. It’s madness.
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Tech at Night: Net Neutrality oral arguments were today. NSA smashes Tor.
Net Neutrality! Verizon has taken the FCC to court over the FCC’s illegal Open Internet order of course. Oral arguments were today at the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. The court should reject the rule of course, as the court already rejected Net Neutrality previously in the Comcast case. The ALA, like a lot of reflexive leftist organizations, is wrong.
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Tech at Night: FCC’s Net Neutrality order is illegal. Wikileaks funding Snowden.
Are the Europeans looking to censor the Internet with the NSA as pretext? Cameron Kerry seems to think so. I don’t know how serious or likely any proposals were, but it bears looking at if you’re a European.
Meanwhile here in the US, the Internet control pretext is Net Neutrality, which ought to be struck down. The Communications Act never gave them that power, and the Telecommunications Act was pretty clear on an open Internet. The FCC has acted illegally.
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All Your On-line Communication Belongs to Obama
Obama’s government wants to be able to monitor all Internet communication and it is ready and willing to mandate that all encryption software, including peer-to-peer apps, have a backdoor so that the government can decrypt the traffic. The New York Times reported this morning on a Federal government plan to put government-mandated back doors in all communications systems, including all encryption software. The Times said | Read More »