Sunday, October 3, 2010

Obama Internet strategy expands to include higher monitoring

The Obama web strategy has expanded to contain something besides more internet connection for every person. Currently, the Obama administration and law enforcement and security agencies are pushing for new regulations of the Internet and the telecommunications industry. The bill isn’t anywhere close to done. That said, the monitoring powers of the government can be dramatically expanded if it does. You will find few methods of electronic communication that aren’t already under monitoring. This will shorten that list even further.

Obama web surveillance agenda

According to the New York Times, the White House wants to pass a bill expanding surveillance and wiretap access for intelligence and regulation enforcement agencies. The bill builds upon existing jurisdictions. The Obama administration is behind the bill, which is due next year. The amount of communications that the federal already has access to is ample, which will expand if the bill passes. Land lines and cellular phones are easy enough to get into. However, there are some forms of electronic communication which are private and encrypted.

Law is in opposition to boutique developers

The disadvantage to polices of this sort is that small independent shops have to work double time to keep up with mandates, whereas an already large company can effortlessly comply. Research In Motion doesn’t even have access to the private and encrypted transmissions from the Blackberry, which led to bans of the phone in some countries. RIM is working double time to comply with surveillance needs of governments. Other businesses, for instance Skype and other voice over web protocol or VOIP corporations may have to re-engineer their products to keep up also. Fewer people are relying on traditional phone communications. Law enforcement and intelligence personnel have warned that the ability to monitor criminals is “going dark” as a result of less accessibility.

Free lips

There have been many laws passed giving federal the ability to look or listen in. Few methods of communication, except maybe sign language, are exempt. Granted, Obama has not had a scandal similar to the Bush domestic spying controversies. You will find legitimate threats to public safety that could be dealt with by this legislation, and the government insists it’s not overstepping its authority by asking for the access. Powers of this sort could be used for good, however are easily misused.

Articles cited

NY Times

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