Do We Need Email Customs Agents?
from the a-national-e-border dept
Simson Garfinkel's latest column makes the argument that we should protect our national borders from email coming from certain countries. The argument is based on the idea that we rely on the US government, military and customs service to protect us from dangerous phsyical items getting into the country - shouldn't we do the same for digital items? He points out that while many of us secure our own computers, that's because we're technically savvy. However, we don't build a fortress around our homes, because we pay our taxes assuming the US government will protect us from foreign attack - so perhaps they should be protecting our electronic homes as well. It's an interesting idea, and one that I had not heard of before. I can see both sides of the argument, and I'm not yet sure where I stand on the issue (though, I tend to usually not like anything that blocks out something). Anyone else have any thoughts?