I typically don’t like to talk about anything government-related as I’m the least political person that you’ve ever encountered (or at least one of them).
I simply don’t have the stomach and honestly I don’t really know a lot about the government to care much about it, but I am vastly aware of what the NSA is doing / has done and it interests me immensely since it impacts all of us technologically.
A recent article by the Washington Post has caused grave concern recently because of the NSA’s actions as it relates to infiltrating the data pipelines that connect major technology companies and the individual internet user:
By tapping those links, the agency has positioned itself to collect at will from hundreds of millions of user accounts, many of them belonging to Americans.
This should be, at the very least, be shocking and produce within you a feeling of great discomfort. If it doesn’t I think you have some serious soul-searching to do since this impacts you and will be a part of how government and internet policy is created for future generations to come.
And especially if you’re engaged in some internet entrepreneurship this applies directly to how you may eventually do business. I do not lead a business as big as some of these companies and the NSA may never directly come a-knocking on my door but they are tapping into services that I use to power the applications that I build nonetheless.
My company(ies), my users, my community, and my future are being invaded by the government without a warrant, at will. Of course I (we) should be upset. What, then, should I (we) do?
For more of a graphic look at what Snowden’s documents have uncovered I’d suggest viewing this neat and interactive outline of all of the revelations. And “revelation” is really the right word for it all…