Tech Companies Warned of New Threats From Government
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is warning Internet tech companies, “Your threat model just changed.”
EFF’S open letter calls on technologists to secure computer networks against overreaches by the incoming U.S. administration and to protect a free, secure, and open Internet.
“Our goal is to rally everyone who makes digital tools and services to this important cause: protect your technology and networks from censorship and government surveillance,” said EFF Activism Director Rainey Reitman. “The Internet was created to connect and empower people around the world. We cannot let it be conscripted into a tool of oppression. But if we are going to protect the Internet, we need a lot of help.”
EFF’S open letter outlines four major ways the technology community can help: using encryption for every user transaction; practicing routine deletion of data logs; revealing publicly any government request to improperly monitor users or censor speech; and joining the fight for user rights in court, in Congress, and beyond.
Another important step is to switch from Windows to the vastly more secure, free and open-source operating system Linux.
“EFF has fought for the rights of creators and users since 1990—through four presidential administrations,” said EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn. “We’ve battled privacy invasions, censorship attempts, and power grabs from Democrats and Republicans alike.”
Like the EFF, many believe that government will increase its control over the Internet with more surveillance, hacking, interference and censorship. However, strengthening computer security is always a good idea.
If it isn't the U.S. government trying to mess with your computers then it is hackers. The NAPC has dozens of hackers trying to penetrate its servers every single day and has to employ fairly sophisticated security measures to keep them out.