[discuss] Artificial conflation of issues not helpful. [Was: Digest, Vol 3, Issue 67]

Avri Doria avri at acm.org
Wed Feb 19 23:36:10 UTC 2014

On 19-Feb-14 21:16, Alejandro Pisanty wrote:
> One would wish that the surveillance issue were being addressed with the
> same energy. It is not and it will not.

I think that if you look at the work being started in the IETF, you will 
find great deals of energy being expended on fixing the actual problem, 
the technical weaknesses that allowed such pervasive surveillance to be 
done so easily.  This despite the distraction of the political problems 
the NSA problem have caused.

I believe this is a serious problem and it is being dealt with in an 
appropriate way - close the technical holes as best they can be closed.

I also believe that it is being dealt with in the political sphere with 
principles, policies and eventual agreements on proper forms of 
behavior.  Not that nations will stop spying for as long as states exist.

In my view conflating the issues is just a cynically opportunistic 
method of trying to achieve political critical Internet resource goals 
that have nothing to do with the serious problem of state surveillance 
on the world's people.


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