[ExI] internet privacy
pharos at gmail.com
Sun Jul 20 15:53:46 UTC 2014
On Sun, Jul 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM, William Flynn Wallace wrote:
> So why try to encrypt net traffic so that people can't read it? Any code
> can be broken by supercomputers, right?
By coincidence, an article by Thomas Frey has just appeared -
"When Everyone Becomes Blackmailable"
Recent revelations about the NSA PRISM program make this kind of
paranoia even more justifiable. Virtually any person, put under a
microscope, can be threatened with his or her own character flaws.
But an even greater danger comes from knowing personal weaknesses, and
in most cases, it's the person or thing we care about most. People
seeking leverage always want to know the one button they can push, and
whether it's a child, parent, valuable possession, or their
reputation, one well-crafted threat can be instant blackmail.
In much the same way Google's personalized marketing system delivers
targeted ads, an intimidation engine will be capable of delivering
highly targeted threats.
It will be a different society when privacy disappears,
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