The PrivacyPapers was released over a two week period of emails by Michael Kasdan, who has generously given us permission to post it in its entirety over several posts.
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27. Privacy Papers – Game. Set. Match. – #PrivacyPapers Close Out – Stick the Proverbial Fork in ‘em
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Michael Kasdan
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Subject: Game. Set. Match. – #PrivacyPapers Close Out – Stick the Proverbial Fork in ’em
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Though its hard to do – because its been such fun, and because I keep reading and thinking about things everyday that bear on our discussions – I’m going to have to end our little adventure for now. Thank you SO MUCH for playing.
Just this evening, I saw two more interesting articles in the NYT:
(1) Tech Companies Escalate Pressure on Government to Publish National Security Request Data
Yahoo and Facebook filed suit to ask for permission to publish data on the national security requests they receive, and Google and Microsoft amended the suits they had already filed.
(2) Legislation Seeks to Bar N.S.A. Tactic in Encryption
A congressman’s proposal would prohibit the agency from installing “back doors” into encryption, the electronic scrambling that protects e-mail and other communications.
And of course that’s the case. Privacy is an issue that is evolving every day.
In the vein of the Federalist Papers, to which I paid by naming these email discussions the #PrivacyPapers, I close with a little bit of historical perspective about the use of encryption by our Founding Fathers.
As the article notes, “Knowledge has always been power and those who seek power have always commanded or censored access to knowledge, depending on which action gave them advantage.”
Its as true, if not truer today. If nothing else, we live in interesting times.