Wednesday, January 08, 2014

more Internet Surveillance Blowback

1. California seen taking matters into its own hands:

Neither are particularly surprising. As solutions for SAAS, datastorage etc... are developed in EU and elsewhere, we can expect foreign companies to move to local clouds. They may still be spied upon, but at least will be spied upon by their host government. Seems to me. When real alternatives exist, the 25% number could go up. 

With respect to the first article, the most surprising thing to me is the suggestion that Sen Dianne Feinstein may be starting to feel some political heat for her more than enthusiastic support of everything NSA, despite the presence in her state of many large companies that may see their businesses materially impacted.

Its tough to predict what will happen. One the one side, the cynic in me thinks that there will be something called reform, and it will merely be a more firm legal basis for everything NSA and others are doing and want to do. Or there will be at least some real reform and while surveillance will continue there will be meaningful and reasonable checks on the system. Tough to tell. I lean towards the first, sadly.

Perhaps its time to worry about other topics too.

For example, smart people are already worrying a lot about TPP. Wonder if there are any TPP provisions that negatively impact open source solutions, inserted into the treaty by proprietary solution vendors.

Or, apparently MPAA just joined W3C, so it'll be worth watching just what happens there. MPAA joining W3C to influence the development of web standards is like the fox joining the hen house's board of directors to influence fence standards. Sorta.

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