Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Cybersecurity and Defense

This post bothers me. The main defense against tyranny and oppression is information. Cut off the flow of information and it becomes a lot easier to quash resistance. Thus I am leery of giving anyone the power to shut down large parts of cyberspace. The argument about it being necessary for safety is not altogether reassuring: most things that can be used for safety can be horribly abused, and are unless people to go great lengths to prevent that.

Fortunately, there are hackers. I'm pretty confident that in the case of berserk government blackout, there would be some people with the skills and determination to build a ghostnet.
Tags: activism, cyberspace theory, news
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