Murphy said that what can happen, will happen. None has refuted the wisdom. We note that the internet is a government program in places like North Korea, that it is government controlled and censored in Russia, China and many other places.
We note that it has not been so treated in the United States … except, since Edward Snowden outed the American NSA’s communications snooping, we found that it has been, though sub rosa.
Now, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Elections commission and the Federal Trade Commission are asserting regulatory authority over the net, sans Congress. We expect that is merely a good start.
In short, the internet is a rapidly expanding commercial and political power that no government will, buy its own nature, allow free operation. Government is about control; an unfettered internet is simply too much a threat to the control that is a government’s stock in trade. So the “free” will be removed, or the government will be removed, in the long term. Neither can allow the other to live. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, in fact, it is more that people don’t want competition if they can head it off.
TOR.com has been encouraged by the U.S. government so that inhabitants in police states could have a way to roam the internet invisible to their governments. Folk who roam the net using TOR are largely invisibly to governments, police or other snoopers. TOR is free, too.
You just sign up with TOR.com and from there, you roam the web anonymously. Well, as anonymously as it gets. Places like Iran, China, Russia and we suspect, the NSA are not happy with TOR. They want to know who is doing hat to whom on the net. Most of them have set aside private quarters for those they catch dissing the government. The NSA has not, so far as we know, gone so far but it likes to stash recordings for future use.
TOR constantly updates its site to confuse these snoopers and has been effective in keeping ahead of most of them. It performs a service desired by the U.S. government, after all.
Having read various stories re Silicon valley behemoths who have been forced by the U.S. government to open their servers to it, we aren’t so positive that TOP remains opaque to the NSA, no matter the assurances. Call us cynics.
But TOR is nevertheless a gem for those averse to snoopers. At least, for now. We are surprised that the apparently millions of folk using the numerous dating sites for cheaters have not swarmed onto TOR. Of course, perhaps they have, with only the residue in plain sight …
But at bottom, the U.S. government is now regulating the internet — rather quietly, so far, … and continued confidence in what is after all, a U.S. program, seems optimistic if one lives in the U.S. If not, it’s likely as good as web invisibility is likely to bet, for most of us.
But what do we know?