The End of the Internet Dream

Jennifer Granick’s keynote at last year’s Black Hat Conference touched on the bleak and constricted future of the internet, but also on the dangers of IoT and the lack of accountability in security and privacy failures. The bottom line is governments and corporations do not have your best interests at heart, only you can take steps to protect yourself. If you prefer the video version of the Keynote, watch here.

“This is the Golden Age of Surveillance. Today, technology is generating more information about us than ever before, and will increasingly do so, making a map of everything we do, changing the balance of power between us, businesses, and governments. The government has built the technological infrastructure and the legal support for mass surveillance, almost entirely in secret.

Here’s a quiz. What do emails, buddy lists, drive back ups, social networking posts, web browsing history, your medical data, your bank records, your face print, your voice print, your driving patterns and your DNA have in common? Answer: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) doesn’t think any of these things are private. Because the data is technically accessible to service providers or visible in public, it should be freely accessible to investigators and spies.

And yet, to paraphrase Justice Sonya Sotomayor, this data can reveal your contacts with ‘the psychiatrist, the plastic surgeon, the abortion clinic, the AIDS treatment center, the strip club, the criminal defense attorney, the by-the-hour motel, the union meeting, the mosque, synagogue or church, or the gay bar.'”

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