Tim Berners Lee, the British man who created the world wide web, has said that the world needs a full and frank debate following government spying allegations raised by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
Following Snowden's revelations which began in June the extent of spying has become clear. Well a little clearer perhaps. Following early denials and damage limitation exercises it is now clear that various governments, particularly in the US and UK, have been running covert spying operations on citizens at home and abroad.
Under the disguise of protecting their own people each government has broken rules and abused modern technology. Excuses that it was all done in order to protect cirtizens no longer washes. It is now clear that other reasons feature.
Homeland security may be a side issue but it is hardly a priority. If it were then what the hell have they been playing at? Terrorist activity is increasing and spreading so the spying has done little to curb or prevent attacks.
The trouble is that the people involved lie so easily. Lie after lie drips easily from their tongues meaning their words are met with cynicism. Like the boy who cried wolf they have brought this on themselves.
Berners Lee has sent out a warning that security checks in the US and UK of the NSA, national security agency, and GCHQ, general communications headquarters, respectively, have failed.
Most ordinary people would agrre with that and see both agencies as self-serving organisations in need of regulation. The Guardian reports:
In an interview with the Guardian, he [Berners Lee] expressed particular outrage that GCHQ and NSA had weakened the security of the internet by cracking much of the online encryption on which hundreds of millions of users rely to protect the privacy of their data.He said the agencies' decision to break the encryption software was "appalling" and "foolish", as it directly contradicted the efforts of both the US and UK governments to fight cybercrime and cyberwarfare, which they have identified as a top national security priority. Berners-Lee also decried the move as a betrayal of the technology industry.
Mr Berners Lee is spot on with that last view.
Thursday the powerful MI5, MI6 and GCHQ agencies of the UK go before parliament's intelligence and security committee. Their counterparts in the US have been doing similar lately but will anything change?
As Berners Lee remarks spy agencies breaking encryption is "ffolish" and selfdefeating -- governments want to prevent cybercrime, or so they claim. He said that he anticipated some internet breaches but nothing on the scale of government spying revealed by Snowden.
The likes of Cameron, and Obama in the US, want people to decry the Guardian and Edward Snowden but their words are falling on deaf ears. Why? Because most people trust the likes of Edward and The Guardian so much more than President Obama and PM Cameron -- who like all politicians are full of spin and some would say BS.
Thanks heavens for Snowden who opened people's eyes to our corrupt politicians. Yes corrupt, as they say one thing but act in a different way. Liars through and through.
Tim Berners Lee must be appalled at the way the US military and modern spy agencies have abused the technology he gave to the world.
Technology that could have helped bring forth a brave new world but was sidetracked by corrupt individuals with their own hidden agendas. Agendas that included maintaining the staus quo by which they profit.
The fact that Cameron berates Snowden and The Guardian says it all.
His only problem, Cameron's, was getting caught.
Shame on them all.
Full report at The Guardian here.