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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Berend de Boer
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Thom: point me to a truly free market which works.

Sorry, missed that. Your question is probably: point me to a free market that delivers me what I want.

But that's not what markets are. Markets are purely the free and non-coercive exchange of private citizens. They might not produce you an outcome you'd like (mobile phone calls for 1 cent per hour for example).

I would offer food markets as a market that is pretty unregulated. The outcome might be that we got too many obese poeple, but probably better than people starving.

If you had lived only 400 years ago, you would have been a peasant bound to the land. Market economies have improved lived drastically.

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