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The Internet Needs Less Big Brother And More Concerned Mom

Author: Alex Hamilton
Published: September 03, 2012 at 6:04 am

It is long overdue for governments to regulate the Internet. Don't freak out, I am talking about protecting citizens, not stalking them. Let's talk about password security.

I am no expert on this topic, but a great primer on the topic can be found here.

When we talk 'internet regulation' these days, it is code for either Big Brother or corporations trying restrict their content on different platforms (aka piracy).

Big Brother type regulation is a civil liberties issue as much as it is a law enforcement/counter terrorism issue, and while fertile ground, not the kind of commercial regulation that I want to talk about.

Piracy too has led to many attempts at regulation, but again, not the kind I am talking about.

What I am talking about is how secure your password is with online companies. Try to get past how nerdy this topic is, and focus on how much info you now put on the Internet.

I have written before about how our collective consciousness is being uploaded to the Internet; but so is your mother's maiden name. And your social security number.

It's ok, because those lovely smart people at the Internet company of your choice are using the most advanced technology to prevent your information from leaking, right? Oh wait, no they are not. Not even close.

And I am not talking some small business that you wouldn't expect to spend money on security. No, this is Sony, LinkedIn, Apple, Gawker, the list goes on and on.

Some of these companies are not even taking the most basic of precautions, let alone 'industry standard'.

Which brings me to regulation...

A legitimate function of government is to protect citizens by regulating things for their safety. Testing drinking water, medicines, seat belts and so on, not argument here.

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