Netizens1 got upset about SOPA/PIPA. We rose up and defeated the terrible bills even though a technical workaround existed before the vote was called.
Now that CISPA is upon us2, we are getting upset again. “Please vote no! We don’t want the government reading our online files.” Yet we continue to send and store our personal information on the Internet equivalent of a postcard.3
A technical solution to CISPA could exist and should have been readily available years ago. Yet, strong encryption is not commonly used. Maybe after CISPA passes, we will finally demand the encryption we need to safely store our information in the cloud.
After all, the government isn’t alone in wanting to read our private information.
What do you think?
2Why do we elect representatives who will readily abandon liberty in the name of security?
3I don’t care that the Postmaster General can read my vacation postcard. Do you?