Tech Com­pa­nies Warned of New Threats From Gov­ern­ment

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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.

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