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Berners-Lee Seeks Digital Bill Of Rights
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WKash
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WKash,
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3/12/2014 | 9:20:05 PM
Checks and balances
I commend Berners-Lee for raising the need for a digital bill of rights.  But it's hard to imagine how it could ever be enforced -- especially when the balance of digital power increasingly centers around those, like Google in the private sector, and the NSA's of the world in the public sector, have the resources, servers and software experts to stack things in their favor. While the power of crowds to shame digital abusers remains high, law and order on the Internet still looks a lot like the Wild West.
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SeanWeeds,
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3/12/2014 | 11:41:00 PM
Re: Checks and balances
The governments and the corporations of the world have found and built their place on the internet.  People like Eric Snowden, Julian Assange, and even organizations like Anonymous have the individual's rights in mind. Corporations are all for net neutrality when it impinges on their goals and bottom line. But when it comes to the rights of the end user, they are just as corrupt and power hungry as the governments that seek to quash our abilities to use this powerful tool Berners-Lee has built for us.  Even now, as I write these words on a laptop in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA....I haven't a clue as to whether I am being watched or who is watching me.  The government, the corporation, or the hacker.  Of the three, I fear the hacker the least...because as we fall deeper and deeper into this rabbit's hole of cyber technology....they WILL be the ONE that fights for us.
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WKash,
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3/13/2014 | 12:24:30 PM
Re: Checks and balances
Sean, While I think there are a few, as you mention, who do have individuals' rights in mind, I'm not sure hackers necessarily "WILL be the ONE that fights for us."  Hackers have their own reasons to do what they do.  I believe consumers need more of an alliance on their side, that operates a bit like ConsumerReports, that can help users know what and who they're up against, and help defend against that/them (i.e. applying encryption tools the way Google is now doing at an enterprise level.) 


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