Recent revelations of pervasive surveillance, sharp rises in cyberattacks, and non-disclosure of vulnerabilities in consumer products render former policy insufficient. They also compel us to question what steps to take towards a better internet – one that is secure, sensitive to privacy, and accessible to all.
My Facebook newsfeed was ablaze as I scrolled through countless posts ending in #Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter, and #HandsUpDontShoot. Moments earlier, a Missouri court had ruled not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed young black man. Friends of mine had swiftly taken to the internet to voice their outrage, disgust, and demands for action. Within minutes of the decision, millions of similar posts had already surged across the Internet -- but the public outcry didn’t stop there.
In 1977, two twin Voyager ships were launched towards uncharted regions of the universe. They were heralded by their architect Carl Sagan as “emissaries of Earth to the realm of the stars."
In the name of national security, the United States federal government has continued to magnify its long history of spying on average citizens post 9-11.