Why we need to fight back
With the formation of the I2C, the hosting industry is joining forces to take positions opposing bad policies like SOPA. As a founding member, Gandi regularly contributes to lobbing efforts, and helps to guide the public policy of the coalition, including efforts to reform ECPA, the CFAA, and in the fight against patent trolls. These are essential issues: we need to fight for the right of individuals to use the awesome power of the Internet to make the world a better place though communication, activism, and innovation.
The Snowden EffectWe always knew we were spied on, but now it’s legal? Edward Snowden revealed that US citizens are routinely spied on for no cause, with no warrant. Our phone records are archived, and our conversations in email and online are kept - all without our knowledge or consent. Our favorite companies have their data streams hacked without their knowledge, and are coerced into sharing user data with the NSA, and legally muzzled from public disclosure of these revelations. We know this is wrong, and that the existence of these data troves in the hands of the government will lead to unacceptable abuse. The level and scope of information gathering goes far beyond the fight against terrorists. This level of surveillance represents abuse of power.
What Snowden revealed is that the surveillance the NSA is doing is excessive. It is also probably illegal under existing law, and certainly raises constitutional concerns. This is a problem. No one will be held accountable for the inevitable abuses that will result (if they have not already) until and unless the law is clear. Our rights to privacy have to be respected. Security can be maintained without trampling the freedoms that the NSA is supposed to be protecting.