The Early Days of a Better Nation

Monday, November 12, 2007


Gah! (I -knew- these guys thought 1984 was instructional, rather than cautionary...)

-- B.Dewhirst

You mean they don't already think that?

Unfortunately it is a reality which has hit us faster than we can cope with it - that is, that we have become technologically capable enough that monitoring our every action is a very real possibility. Technology has outpaced our ability to cope with change and now we're (please excuse the obscenity, Mr. MacLeod) fucked.

That's why I am thankful for people like the folk at Truecrypt - who allow consumers to encrypt their files with extremely strong & powerful security - and all the people who've built software and hardware that makes communication more hermetic and difficult to snoop on. There's a new type of Quantum Encryption that'll be nice to see in the public sphere in the next few years, but I feel fairly secure with the precautions I've taken.

I think I'll keep my old school definition of privacy.

On this issue, the furore here over the loss of 25 million records - some including bank account information, shows this definition is already generally accepted.

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