Even if they don't target encryption itself they'll need to open backdoors in the end points. Whether it is via introducing backdoors in widely used software or plain old virus/malware the effects are the same: a less secure Internet. The interesting thing as far as I understood it is that they think that compromising foreign computers and other gadgets is ok as if they won't open massive doors for people to use and build botnets that will come back to bite them. Even ignoring the botnets there are plenty of international transactions being done today by even the average Joe and if one end is compromised then both ends are exposed.
Nobody wins by weakening security in a connected world.
Happened here with a brand called Catupiry. They make a special type of creamy cheese I have yet to see on other countries but they don't bother when pizzerias and other brands use their name to describe their product. So instead of "creamy cheese" this type of cheese is known as catupiry. And while there are brands that are as good such as Scala or Tirolez when you think "creamy cheese" you automatically associate it with Catupiry.
I'd add another cause for the abysmal service: stock market. This is basically a long time investment that must be couples with other things like providing neutral (and thus less profiting) services and upgrading the network. This brings more users and makes current users remain or even upgrade for better packages turning into better profits in the long run. But Wall Street wants profits now. It's better to cash in 10 million now than 20 times that in 15 years in their myopic, greedy vision.
I like the idea of a public patent/whatever pool where you can dip your toes if you pay up and you'll receive money if you contribute for it. I know this isn't the exact case here but it's another step in the right way: making everything available to everyone while trying to encourage people to contribute by giving money for those that did. We didn't reach the current progress levels by being secretive and hiding knowledge. On the contrary, it was the wide availability that made things be discovered and improved.
I didn't know it was about Katy Perry up to when I read the first TD article about it. I originally saw a blurry gif that showed the left shark completely screwing up the performance but I never bothered to pay attention on who was on stage (the gif had a zoom on the sharks so Katy kind of was secondary). Funny thing I even remember the palm trees on the scenario but I had to go back and watch the entire thing again to see Perry doing whatever she was doing.
I think that more important than some politicians waving the evidence and threatening is how the population is reacting to such things. Suppose the Americans reacted much more strongly and mobilized by the millions on the streets when Snowden broke all the scandal. Things certainly would have been different as the politicians heads would be on the line, it would be conclusively poisonous not to act to stop the surveillance apparatus. So it all boils down on how engaged that specific society is. Given there's no press freedom it would seem the population isn't that active.
But that's where comfortable kicks in. In crowded places or around schools you will instinctively adopt lower speeds because they allow you to act faster and sew something wrong sooner. Besides as the guy below said the well maintained road conspires to help you if some kid runs into the road.
Here the thing is a little bit different. There are virtually no 'manned' speed traps, that means, the cops usually aren't following the devices even when they are mobile (there are tons of mobile automated cameras), and they don't move those mobile spots that much. So Waze reminds you if the area has stationary cameras or possibly mobile ones.
In any case I find Waze incredibly useful for a big number of things. I don't usually speed but I do get 'distracted' by, you know, paying attention to the goddamn traffic. When I stop tracking the speed I will move at the speed I find comfortable and sometimes it's faster than the limit allowed, specially in some places where the street is wide and well maintained and the limit is like 30 kph (~19 mph) which makes me mad. So you have speed traps that actually make you divert your attention from the traffic instead of making things safer. I've got 2 speed tickets in over 10 years of driving, both because I wasn't paying attention to the speed butr rather in driving safely.