Online Security Isn't Over; It's Just Beginning
from the time-to-move-on dept
One of the more annoying responses to the latest revelations about the NSA’s spying and surveillance is people brushing it off, saying, “well, of course the NSA was doing this.” That simplistic, short-sighted response doesn’t really take into account the importance of the details and, worse, seems to suggest that this kind of status quo is acceptable. It’s not. Worse, it’s leading some to take the fatalistic approach that there’s nothing to be done, so why even bother? That’s the the exact wrong approach. As Micah Lee points out:
Giving up and deciding that privacy is dead is counterproductive. We need to stop using commercial crypto. We need to make sure that free software crypto gets serious security and usability audits.
If we do this right we can still have privacy in the 21st century. If we give up on security because of this we will definitely lose.
Bruce Schneier has been thinking along similar lines, beyond just his call to rebuild internet infrastructure with security and openness in mind to make life more difficult for the NSA, he’s also discussing things people can do right now to remain a hell of a lot more secure in the face of the NSA’s activities.
If the internet is going to be as powerful and as useful as it should be, it needs to be a lot more secure. Throwing in the towel because of some backdoors is the exact wrong approach and is exactly what’s not needed right now. The security needs to be better and it needs to be easier to implement and to use. That won’t happen overnight, but it will happen. It needs to happen.