When Everything On The Internet Is Encrypted…
from the things-may-change-a-bit dept
For years, we’ve been pointing out that as the entertainment industry, telcos and the government increase efforts to spy on the activities of users (for various reasons, good or bad), all it’s going to do is speed the adoption of encryption technologies. Well, that appears to be happening. Thanks to governments increasing the ability to spy on citizens combined with ISPs capitulating to entertainment industry and government demands to start acting as copyright cops, monitoring usage, more and more people are getting interested in encrypting their internet activity. While it’s unclear if it will go anywhere (and some argue it’s guaranteed to fail), the folks behind the Pirate Bay are the latest to jump into the game, promising a system that will “encrypt the entire internet.”
Whether accomplished by The Pirate Bay or others, this is the near inevitable end result of this cat and mouse game. Even if you believe the entertainment industry, broadband providers and the government have both the best of intentions and the absolute right to do these kinds of monitoring activity, the fact that encryption will make it so those who don’t want to monitored can hide means that it’s only going to become more popular. And, at that point, it only makes the efforts by the entertainment industry, the broadband providers and the government that much more useless — because all that monitoring they’ve pushed to do will not only be nearly impossible, but they’ve also lost the trust and respect of all those users/customers/constituents. It’s a true lesson in the unintended consequences of getting what you wished for.