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Old 5th September 2013
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Default The US government has betrayed the internet. We need to take it back

From Bruce Schneier's article at http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...net-nsa-spying


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Government and industry have betrayed the internet, and us.

By subverting the internet at every level to make it a vast, multi-layered and robust surveillance platform, the NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. The companies that build and manage our internet infrastructure, the companies that create and sell us our hardware and software, or the companies that host our data: we can no longer trust them to be ethical internet stewards.

This is not the internet the world needs, or the internet its creators envisioned. We need to take it back.
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The US government built the Internet, so not sure how he means a fundamental social contract was undermined.
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The US government built the Internet, so not sure how he means a fundamental social contract was undermined.
The people of the US built the US government and as a condition of it's existence the government agreed to abide by the "Bill of Rights" which include the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_...Bill_of_Rights

Originally the internet was built as a military research tool and it can be well argued that there is no right to privacy on a military network.

At some point in the 1990s though, the government handed the internet over to the people and businesses for domestic use.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History...rk_to_commerce

And at that point the "Bill of Rights" became important as laws governing the relationship between the people and the US government.
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