Reply to post: Re: Paul Crawford Hmmm and What a shame?

New relay selection fix for Tor to spoil spooks' fun (eventually)

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Re: Paul Crawford Hmmm and What a shame?

Of course, the "sore thumb" model will immediately fall apart as soon as multitudes of relay nodes (currently only 6000 or so) and tens of millions of browsers routinely implement Astoria. When everyone uses encryption and TOR, everyone will be a potential terrorist. The haystack will become mathematically impossible to search effectively.

Which is why security agencies (and their paymasters) sweat over things like globalised strong encryption for consumer internet services. Stronger TOR will probably become the next taboo / fetish for the Man.

On the upside, tools like Astoria could promote better secured internet network traffic, better online privacy, more secure e-commerce and less paranoia about TLAs and out-of-control commercial data sniffing and gathering. Cyber crime might drop too as people learn how to use a secure internet to do their daily business. Politicians selling fear for a living may need to find a new message as the sky refuses to fall.

We might go from Prison Guard / Nanny World to Free World, a place where people can make their own decisions and shape their own futures.

What a pity that no one ever measures how much fear-based decision-making (which mandates that absurdities such as TIA can ever work without superhuman and superbudgetary efforts) will actually cost the world body politic and the economy.

Its impact on human evolution, economic development and world peace has probably been more profound than we can ever imagine. In 20 years, the US has descended from being a beacon of hope to the world's worst bogeyman. How did this happen? A group of barely financed maniacs managed to fly commercial jets into buildings and kill over 3000 people. In response, the US and its allies have wreaked economic, cultural, civil libertarian, social and military havoc on the rest of the world for almost 15 years. And Google still globally knows more about you than the NSA ever will.

If companies can no longer sell online services because CIA (the computing one) is no longer a feature, they will disappear and be replaced by companies who can. If America and the West wish to lead in the 21st century as a cultural, economic and technology powerhouse, they need to get this right. Sheeple will eventually disappear and reject their vision of the brave new world. If I am not mistaken, it may already be happening.

Think about these things when your representatives say it is a good idea to give 80 billion USD to TLAs who seem devoted to actively weakening global internet security infrastructure and mining personal information for no other reasons than that they can and might find a terrorist needle. Who cares if it costs a fortune and shows no measurable returns? Cyber crime costs escalate into the 10s of millions every year while traditional physical crime is being dwarfed in its financial impact. Why don't the LEAs focus on that instead of collecting everyone's call records? Oh, I know, because it's hard.

Imagine if that 80 billion USD were instead spent on foreign trade development, domestic economic growth, human education, international cultural development, internet security or God forbid, the promotion of sustainable development and industry? Drones and surveillance technology will be very useful for enslaving and killing people, perhaps not so useful for helping them grow their own economies and improving their existence. When people can build working economies, war quickly loses its appeal.

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