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An important Schneier essay

smitty_one_each (243267) writes | about 2 years ago

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imagine more info flowing out than in (1)

Bill Dog (726542) | about 2 years ago | (#42768413)

I can see there come a day soon enough where corporations and govt.'s jointly sponsor "Have you used the Internet yet today?" PSA's on billboards and buses et al., because the 'Net will be the main source they rely on to keep a keen eye on their markets and subjects, respectively. A new class of software will sprout up from this, that "acts normal" for you in an online life, visiting gmail and failbook and cnn.com and other sites that are "safe" in that they're not ones that make you an "outlier" (/outlaw), around the same times of day every day and for randomized time intervals each. Kind of a vacation lamp timer, for watchful cyberspace eyes: "Nothing unusual to see here... move right along." Because going off the grid/tuning out will arouse suspicions in powerful entities, making them fear you're going to stop buying their brand/you've ceased to be on board with the approved societal pattern.

The general point you're getting at (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 2 years ago | (#42768691)

Concur. About the only thing you can do is manage the signal-to-noise ratio, and crapflood.
Or you just go offline.

Re:imagine more info flowing out than in (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | about 2 years ago | (#42769603)

I thought that happened like, 15 years ago.

Re:imagine more info flowing out than in (1)

Le Marteau (206396) | about 2 years ago | (#42774891)

But before that happens, technology which will allow for complete encryption from your machines to the servers will be widely available and widely used. Most traffic will be by anonymous peer-to-peer based proxies and randomized. Similar technologies are already available of course but I expect them to become more widely used and easier to use by the average person. Governments, with the USA leading the pack, will come up with cases where "terrorists" have used such technology to commit crimes... the government will thrash and make the use of such technologies highly illegal. "For the children" of course.

Re:imagine more info flowing out than in (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 2 years ago | (#42775263)

Meanwhile, the truly bad guys will be hanging out in their one time pads [wikipedia.org] , plotting mayhem and rapine.

Re:imagine more info flowing out than in (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#42777515)

...allow for complete encryption...

Ain't gonna happen as long as you're tied to a corporate/government wire. Unauthorized encrypted packets will simply be dropped. There will not be a 'free' internet until we develop true ad-hoc connections on a wider scale. It's all very possible in a local area with a reasonably high population density.

Re:imagine more info flowing out than in (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 2 years ago | (#42784465)

VPN tunnels do exist, but could be broken with acres of hardware.

Re:imagine more info flowing out than in (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#42784751)

VPN is very easy to block [slashdot.org] . Deep packet inspection and traffic shaping will take care of the rest. Our only hope is ad hoc.

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