Internet Freedom, A Rant
Be warned, this is a rant.
Here is the thing, here at Quotecolo.com we love everything to do with the Internet. We try to provide the most comprehensive and helpful colocation, dedicated server, managed hosting and Cloud Computing insights to consumers. We do this because, like you, we love everything IT. Our team has been working in the industry for more than 15 years and we want to see the best for both industry companies and the marketplace.
This said, we are also, just like you, lovers of the Internet. Sure, we can parse the terms to say we love the Cloud more than we dig shared hosting environments but all the same, we are lovers of the Internet.
For this reason, we need to address a growing global concern: Internet Freedom. By now everyone has heard of Edward Snowden, the NSA leaching of private data and corporate leaching/sharing of private data. Sure, we all knew Google’s Gmail and Yahoo! Mail were never the most secure Cloud based applications, however the public had never expected those Cloud hosting applications to become part of an overall NSA information security hacking program called PRISM.
More to the point, the public also had no expectation that Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo! and other tech giants would openly cooperate with government officials in the routing of sensitive personal data to government servers. If you listen to those government officials, everyone needs to calm down because the routed data is just meta data. While this might be true (who knows), we also know the NSA in conjunction with corporate powers have instituted a secret court to allow access to sensitive data expanded to three points of touch.
Those points from Wired:
“The NSA can review phone connections two or three hops out from a suspicious seed number. It gets exponential. If Joe, a suspected terrorist, calls 50 people, that’s one hop and all 50 can be analyzed. Then say that each of those 50 people calls 50 people. Now 2,500 individuals call also be examined – that’s the second hop. Whoever gets a call from them can also be subject to a digital pat down; those 125,000 people are the third and final hop.”
It doesn’t take a genius to figure this out however the three-hop rule brings free law abiding citizens under the scrutiny of NSA officials without any previous provocation or reason. The law allows the NSA to collect and monitor data on U.S citizens without any previous provocation. The same is happening online. The three-hop rule also allows NSA employees to monitor and track the communication of everyday citizens based on nothing more than a suspicious communication. It doesn’t take a genius to figure it out but this legal precedent is dangerous for a variety of reasons.
Tim Brenners-Lee, better known as the father of the world wide web (in 1989, while at CERN, Brenners-Lee created MESH, soon changed to the WWW) recently stated the following:
“Now, 25 years on, Web users are realizing they need human rights on the Web … We need independence of the Web for democracy, we need independence of the Web to be able to support the press, we need independence of the Web in general. It’s becoming very important to sort out all that.”
If the father of the modern Internet is spooked about recent NSA and corporate data snooping revelations, we all have a reason to be spooked.
“In general the Web enables humanity to be more powerful and that power can be used for good things and to do horrible things — but on balance when it comes to humanity I’m a tremendous optimist.”
As mentioned, the web enables humanity to be more power and that power can be used for good things and to do horrible things. Let’s hope, moving forward, the power is used for good.