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Not Being Able To Spy On Everyone Online Is A Feature, Not A Bug

Oct 12, 2010, 15:32 (4 Talkback[s])

"With the recent news coming out that the feds plan to introduce dangerous legislation early next year to mandate backdoors for wiretapping into every form of internet communications, plenty of people have expressed their horror at such a plan. It's not just the basic questions of due process and privacy, but the massive burdens lumped upon all sorts of companies, combined with the equally worrisome security holes opened up by such demands.

"Julian Sanchez has a wonderful article over at the American Prospect discussing just how problematic this plan would be:

"But the current proposal is far more radical, in part because the Internet is not much like a traditional phone network. To see why, consider Skype, a popular program that allows users to conduct secure text chats, phone conversations, video conferences, and file transfers. Skype is designed as a distributed peer-to-peer network, meaning there's no central hub or switching station through which calls are routed;"

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