Waiting For A Digital Disaster

from the no-silver-lining dept

There's no question that the current model of law enforcement isn't adequate to deal with cyber-crime, with all its complexity. While there are occasionally high-profile cases, it's a lot harder to patrol an area and prevent day-to-day crimes. At least one FBI agent believes the government won't make the sweeping changes necessary to fight cyber-crime until there's a "digital Enron", an event severe and shocking enough to force the government's hand. It's true that the government tends to react to major events (Enron, 9/11, Katrina) to make changes instead of doing so proactively, and it's disturbing that such critical legislation tends to be made in a time of panic. Rushing Sarbanes-Oxley through, at a time when people were outraged over Enron, clearly had major unseen consequences. It's scary to think what the equivalent of a digital Sarbanes-Oxley would look like, should we ever have a digital Enron.
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    Tyshaun, 22 Jul 2006 @ 2:08pm

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    Lay Person, I know its not that popular idea, but what the NSA was doing with AT&T wasn't against the law (according to the Supreme Court) and didn't violate privacy. Another non popular idea on the web (or at least hear) is that most Americans have no problem with the NSA doing what they were doing. Some would call most Americans sheep, most Americans would call some of the people here wack jobs worthy of tin foil hats, but most people have looked at what the govt. did "for the good of the motherland" and decided what they were doing was pretty good.

    I respectfully have to disagree with your assertion for one basic reason, most american didn't look into anything. Most people sat their watching Fox News (the number one news show in the US and it makes no bones of the fact that it is incrediblly right leaning) and decided to believe the President and his team. Most people didn't actually research and find out what the law actually says or what Electronics Frontiers is actually contending AT&T did wrong.

    Most Americans are sheep, and I guess I'm happy being amongst the minority that chooses to research and come to decisions based on that research, not merely believing my leaders "because they said so". BTW, in no way do I disagree with everything Bush and his folks do, and my arguement would hold no matter who is in office:

    The consitution was designed around the idea that ordinary citizens should question their representatives on a regular basis. The minute I hear any politician say "trust me, you don't need to know the facts, we're doing the right thing" is the minute I start wanting to know more. Never blindly trust men of power, their pursuit is almost always more power.

    Even if later on it turns out that Bush and company were in perfect legal position, let that be because evidence shows it not because you were brainwashed to believe it to be true.


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