More on Big Brother’s intrusiveness

I’m going to follow up last night’s post about Big Brother’s paranoia and intrusiveness with a series of talks delivered at various TED conferences over the past couple of years.  They highlight and illustrate different aspects of the problem, and put forward some possible solutions.  I hope you’ll find them interesting.

We’ll start tonight with an address by Mikko Hypp√∂nen, a Finnish computer security expert.  He says that the NSA’s shenanigans with computer security have “betrayed the world”, and calls for alternatives to be developed to US systems and solutions.

He pointed out earlier this year that the problem was no longer confined to the NSA or its equivalents in other countries, because government security agencies are now outsourcing much of their cyber security work to private companies.  You can read all about it at the link.

(Of course, that works both ways.  Edward Snowden was working for a private contractor when he gained access to the NSA’s records.  It begins to look more and more as if he did the entire world a great service by publishing what he discovered.)

Watch for the next video talk tomorrow.


1 comment

  1. Yep, because the .gov doesn't want to PAY the good guys, and most of them won't take a pay cut to work for the government…

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