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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Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 16:51 UTC
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2011-08-08

Censorship, like invasion of privacy, is "for your own good" and therefore is going to happen whether you like it or not -- assuming you're even aware it's happening to begin with.

Why anyone thinks they can have any real privacy or freedom in today's world is beyond me. Controlling everything & everyone is what "we" are all about as a species, and those with the power to do so aren't going to stop because you don't like it. People aren't even allowed to know about the food they put into their mouths (ie: GMO's) so what does that tell you?

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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by RawMustard on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 17:44 in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
RawMustard Member since:
2005-10-10

And that makes it ok?

No privacy = no freedom = no democracy!

Are you happy with that?

words of a sheeple!

I'd rather die taking out a few of the lowlife, scumbags with me!

http://www.alt-market.com/articles/1826-sheeple-why-you-should-feel...

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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by WereCatf on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 18:41 in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

And that makes it ok?

No privacy = no freedom = no democracy!

Are you happy with that?

words of a sheeple!


Uh, I didn't see him saying he's okay with it, and neither did I earlier. Knowing the status quo doesn't mean you're okay with it. You shouldn't go around insulting people after jumping to conclusions.

I'd rather die taking out a few of the lowlife, scumbags with me!


The proof is in the pudding, they say -- you're still seemingly quite alive.

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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 18:44 in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

It isn't a matter of being "ok" or not, it's just a few simple facts about the world you're living in. Your (dis)approval of the facts is irrelevant.

Am I happy about it? No, of course not, and I don't allow myself the illusion that we have any true privacy, freedom, or democracy to begin with. I don't know why anyone would considering everywhere you look, you find evidence to the contrary.

You imply I'm speaking with `sheep mentality`, ... By all means go ahead and back that claim up by explaining how anything I've said qualifies as such. Considering how tall of an order that is, take as long as you like trying.

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