Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Sep 2011 22:26 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption So, people from within Iran have hacked the Dutch company DigiNotar, allowing them to issue fake certificates so they could listen in on Iranian dissidents and other organisation within Iran. This is a very simplified version of the story, since it's all quite complicated and I honestly don't even understand all of it. In any case, DigiNotar detected the intrusion July 19, but didn't really do anything with it until it all blew up in their face this past week. Now, the Dutch government has taken over operational management of DigiNotar... But as a Dutch citizen, that doesn't really fill me with confidence, because, well - whenever the Dutch government does anything even remotely related to IT technology, they mess it up. And mess it up bad.
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RE: Comment by Berend de Boer
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 6th Sep 2011 07:25 UTC in reply to "Comment by Berend de Boer"
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Unlike you, I don't perceive the world as black and white. I can understand that what works in some cases, does not work in others. Government intervention can be both good and bad. In the case of mobile phones, it worked out okay. In the case of anything related to implementing actual technology (as opposed to just regulating said technology), things generally go wrong.

In the end, you still haven't answered the question I posed you so many months ago: point me to a truly free market which works. Any luck with that yet?

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