Is anybody looking for secure alternatives to cloud services – or volunteering to open source projects that could make a private and secure web easier for users?
I find it really odd that people are just realizing this sort of stuff happens now.
What's your take?
I made a post on another site talking about how this erodes the idea of privacy on the internet. A lot of the replies mentioned how privacy on the 'internet' shouldn't be expected because the 'internet' is ultimately a public forum.
I want to remind everyone that the internet is an infrastructure where many of our future technologies will live. It's not just websites you frequent, it's where many of the systems which we interact with every day live, and the number of said systems is only bound to increase. Things such as our purchasing options (credit cards, e-wallets, banking) to our means of communication (talk, email, SMS, proprietary services) are moving to the internet, as it is a very accessible infrastructure. When you use Uber to go from point A to B, that data can be logged and read by others (though it currently is not, as fas as I know), as it lives on the internet.
My point is that, moving forward, the internet can potentially encompass any interaction you make. I understand how we as a society could benefit from screening content in order to protect people, but I value personal freedom more so.
What I find worrying is how many people think this is okay. Some people don't seem to recognise that governments change, and what's legal now may not be legal tomorrow. If a government can collect vast swaths of private information about individuals, it can use that information in the future to target minority groups or force citizens into compliance. If the NSA is collecting data relatively indiscriminately, that's very worrying.
As for secure alternatives to cloud services, I'd be looking to to initiatives like Tor (http://torproject.org - fitting given your name!)... though I think the real issue is that most people don't understand why a private/secure web is important ("Why should I care? I've got nothing to hide" etc). The Electronic Frontier Foundation does good work trying to educate web users (https://www.eff.org/pages/tor-and-https), but it's an uphill struggle.
Well, it's a consequence of the internet getting bigger & used on a worldwide scale by almost everyone. I think we just got to deal with it, and if we may believe what these companies say, they only reveal personal information when necessary like when there are a number of facts that lead up to a person that might be a danger to society.
But yeah, I'm not too fond of a backdoor for the government either, if there is any.