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Future of Internet co-operation
“We’re now living in a world where both corporations and governments have us all under pretty much constant surveillance.”
Technology has made the business of surveillance easier and easier over the years. Today, we live in a world in which our offline and online actions can be captured, stored, cross-referenced, analysed and shared with relative ease.
For years, government and corporations have made use of technology to feed their need for data for decision making, competitive advantage and security. For its part, society has generally, and somewhat blindly, held an implicit trust in governments and corporations to collect and manage data responsibly. That trust has called into question recently by recent revelations of widespread, US government sanctioned surveillance, and the vulnerability of ordinary Internet users to the practice.
Former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, Edward Snowden’s leaks of classified NSA surveillance practices have provoked sustained criticism of US authority over cyberspace.
Starting with the first disclosures in early June about the collection of phone metadata, the past several months have been marked by a flurry of reports that reveal a massive, global U.S. surveillance apparatus with a capacity to access virtually any Internet-based communications.
That governments spy is no revelation. For countries with authoritarian regimes, the story would hardly make headlines. Citizens in those countries expect to be routinely surveilled. Not so in countries that promote democracy and extol the value of freedom of expression and the right to privacy. This is partly why the shock over the scale and reach of the surveillance is so great, and why the backlash has been so global, and so intense.
There are now growing calls from around the world for the Internet’s technical infrastructure to be less depend on the US and for Internet co-ordination to be less US-centric and more global.
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