Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Nov 2013 23:46 UTC
Internet & Networking

"We can end government censorship in a decade," Schmidt said during a speech in Washington. "The solution to government surveillance is to encrypt everything."

Setting aside the entertaining aspect of the source of said statement, I don't think encryption in and of itself is enough. Encryption performed by companies is useless, since we know by now that companies - US or otherwise - are more than eager to bend over backwards to please their governments.

What we need is encryption that we perform ourselves, so that neither governments nor companies are involved. I imagine some sort of box between your home network and the internet, that encrypts and decrypts everything, regardless of source or destination. This box obviously needs to run open source software, otherwise we'd be right back where we started.

Is something like that even possible?

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RE[4]: Comment by ilovebeer
by WereCatf on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 06:02 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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You're smart, so help people fight this shit instead of fighting anyone that thinks we "can" do something about it. The first step is stop using products from vile creatures like Schmidt.

I see you only berating Schmidt, but in truth you're playing into their hands no matter who you buy your stuff from -- China spies on you, Korea spies on you, Microsoft spies on you, LG spies on you, Nokia spies on you and so on and so forth. You'd quite literally have to stop buying services or products from anyone other than mom & pop - shops if you wanted not to play into such companies and governments' hands. Don't bother trying to vilify Schmidt while ignoring all the others, you just make yourself look petty.

Now, how useful is boycotting some company in the first place? We geeks are in the minority, the companies make most of their money and most of their tracking data from Joe Blows, and we boycotting someone will be like a fly trying to take down an elephant. You'd need a way of influencing the unwashed masses if you truly wanted to make a change or you'd have to get yourself in a position of power.

I've often toyed around with the idea of running for politics as I have plenty of characteristics that would quite possibly appeal to Joe Blows around here, making me easier to relate with -- I'm mentally unstable, I've been unemployed for a decade so I know what it's like, I've been at the brink of alcoholism, I don't come from some rich, well-known family and so on. I could use all those to play a campaign of appealing to the faults in every one of us and the government, and if I ever got elected I could start working on trying to improve things from top-down. Alas, I'm just not driven enough, I don't give a flying fuck about regular politics, only about basic human rights, privacy, environment and animal-life, and I'd probably just end up committing harakiri if I had to interact with all these greedy, selfish buttwipes every single day.

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