[LINK] How Egypt Shut down the net
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Wed Feb 23 09:35:35 AEDT 2011
At 09:14 AM 23/02/2011, Paul Brooks wrote:
>declare after-the-fact that the orders to 'down the Internet' were a
....or not. And that's why the safeguards against arbitrary actions
without oversight by courts are not allowed. We have far too much
"because we can as a matter of national security" going on. This is
just as bad as because we can, we should. That ethical measure is nasty.
If it's for security of one sort, it's also worth having safeguards
of other security and rights in place as well. Collecting our
population's online data is not a way to do either without reasonable
suspicion. Too much data is as bad as too little.
Having the technical ability to turn a shut-off valve must be under
very strict circumstances and as a last resort method of risk
management. If our infrastructure is at risk, then harden the
infrastructure. Take SCADA systems for utility control off the public
network. Take critical military systems off the public network. Avoid
the danger in the first place.
All or nothing is not the way to look at this problem.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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