The back door policy the NSA is reportedly encouraging may provide a short-term tactical advantage, but it may prove to cause us all problems in the long-term.
CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz hosts ZDNet Government -- ZDNet's politics and policy coffeehouse -- where civics lessons meet technology, nothing is sacred, and everything is fair game.
David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.
I am not making this up. You can't make this stuff up. This is what the world is coming to.
Last Monday we told you that the NSA spying controversy would be a big thing unless there was another "wardrobe malfunction". That same morning, mainstream media led with stories of Miley Cyrus having a malfunction of a "twerking" nature. Did we not tell you this would happen? VMA trumps NSA. Figures.
Most of us are good citizens. And yet. What if the government is listening in, or watching, or scanning, and some algorithm triggers an investigation and some quota-happy g-man decides to make one of us a pet project?
The NSA story just gets more and more out of control, Assange phones it in to the Wikileaks party, Manning gets sentenced, and oh so much more. If this stuff weren't true, you'd think it would be in a bad Bruce Willis movie.
If these numbers were reported in a corporate situation, they would be considered an absolute triumph of big data management and implementation. UPDATE: Response/corrections/clarifications from Washington Post reporter.
ZDNetGovWeek: More Snowden, Google encrypts data, exclusive interview, and whistleblowers get no love
Nothin' says lovin' like encryption on your servers, and that means Google must love us a lot. Read on to find out about how Google plans on encrypting data, a recap of a fascinating exclusive interview, government technology news from around the world, and the never-ending-ever saga of the NSA.
David Gewirtz interviews Silent Circle CEO Michael Janke to discover the inside story about why one of the most respected secure communications providers killed their encrypted email service in light of NSA surveillance concerns.
Government intrusiveness is the story that won't go away. This week, two email providers who offer encrypted hosted email shut their doors citing either government intervention or the potential thereof. And, of course, there's more NSA. President Obama even steps in to say a few words.
ISPs and email hosting providers need to be willing to and plan for the need to work with government officials.