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Tech Giants To US: Stop Spying
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User Rank: Ninja
12/10/2013 | 9:20:59 AM
Re: Who Can We Trust?
It's true that people will stop using technologies that they don't trust but I think that the perceived reaction of the public is a bit overblown.  Where were all these cries for the government to stop spying when we found out about Predator?  Why is the Snowden incident any different?  Even now the public might recognize the name but do they really understand what he did or how he got the information that he has?  I suspect that this is only causing a stir because the news cycle has lasted longer than expected.  Once news of Snowden dies down we'll be right back to the public being in an out of sight out of mind mentality and they won't think twice about the NSA skimming data.
User Rank: Author
12/9/2013 | 6:07:33 PM
Who Can We Trust?
Two interesting pain points here: One we don't often feel; and other we now plainly can:

On one hand you have Forrester analyst James Staten noting: "It's naive and dangerous to think that the NSA's actions are unique. Nearly every developed nation on the planet has a similar intelligence arm which isn't as forthcoming about its procedures for requesting and gaining access to service provider (and ultimately corporate) data."

On the other hand you have corporate Microsoft general counsel, Brad Smith, whom I've met personally and who does a better job than most in articulating the hidden costs of technology within a mish-mash of multinational legal systems, arguing: "People won't use technology they don't trust. Governments have put this trust at risk, and governments need to help restore it."

In the end, I'm skeptical that we can trust either Big Tech of Government to truly look out for people's privacy.  The upshot though is the debate has entered the national conversation and that's a good thing.

In the meantime, I'm still waiting for that app-for-the-common man & woman that can tell us when our data and devices are getting snopped and siphoned and gives us the power to do something about it.



User Rank: Strategist
12/9/2013 | 6:03:32 PM
If I were google, I should have known some spies' machine ID
when those spies look for anything on the internet, my Chrome browser responds

"Sorry, search found nothing for you."

If I were Microsoft, ...
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Author
12/9/2013 | 5:39:31 PM
Re: Citizen to Tech Giants
I'm curious. Why do you believe the government should not be bound by law when it comes to gathering information?
User Rank: Apprentice
12/9/2013 | 5:23:43 PM
Citizen to Tech Giants
Citizen to Tech Giants:  you don't speak for me.  Get off the Gov's back.
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