Must-read: the NSA Is Commandeering the Internet – Bruce Schneier – The Atlantic

Great peace by Bruce Schneier, amplifying the concerns voiced in my recent posts on why PRISM is such a big deal. Bruce nails it all the way.

The NSA Is Commandeering the Internet – Bruce Schneier – The Atlantic.

It turns out that the NSA’s domestic and world-wide surveillance apparatus is even more extensive than we thought. Bluntly: The government has commandeered the Internet. Most of the largest Internet companies provide information to the NSA, betraying their users. Some, as we’ve learned, fight and lose . Others cooperate , either out of patriotism or because they believe it’s easier that way. I have one message to the executives of those companies: fight… The NSA doesn’t care about you or your customers, and will burn you the moment it’s convenient to do soThis is why you have to fight. When it becomes public that the NSA has been hoovering up all of your users’ communications and personal files, what’s going to save you in the eyes of those users is whether or not you fought. Fighting will cost you money in the short term, but capitulating will cost you more in the long termJournalism professor Jeff Jarvis recently wrote in The Guardian: “Technology companies: now is the moment when you must answer for us, your users, whether you are collaborators in the US government’s efforts to ‘collect it all ‘ — our every move on the internet or whether you, too, are victims of its overreach.” So while I’m sure it’s cool to have a secret White House meeting with President Obama — I’m talking to you, Google, Apple, AT&T, and whoever else was in the room — resist. Attend the meeting, but fight the secrecy. Whose side are you on? The NSA isn’t going to remain above the law forever . Already public opinion is changing, against the government and their corporate collaborators. If you want to keep your users’ trust , demonstrate that you were on their side.

 

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