Snowden’s revelations spur quest for security

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WASHINGTON, February 20, 2014 — Chancellor Angele Merkel of Germany has clearly been under a lot of pressure since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed how much spying the NSA has done in Europe, in particular on Germany.

The pressure has finally led the Chancellor to propose a separate internet for Europe.  Last weekend, the Chancellor said she and French President Hollande will “talk about European providers that offer security for our citizens, so that one shouldn’t have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic. Rather, one could build up a communalisations network inside Europe.”

The German Chancellor’s solution is to fragment the internet for security and civil liberties issues.

This of course will be a boost for those involved in the communications industry, software and hardware firms will benefit immensely if the Chancellor gets her way. Of course these will be European firms. Can one truly trust a Google or Microsoft after it was revealed how easily they cooperated with NSA in giving away data belonging to Americans and the rest of the world?

This allocation of resources to cyber security will be witnessed in the coming years in America itself. As President Barack Obama showed his true colours, the NSA snooping program will not stop, just that the data will eventually be stored by private firms not the government. Those private firms will enjoy an incredible amount of power, the temptation to peruse that data will be too high. They will have secrets at their fingertips.

Why not just stop the program all together?

It is now a game of cat and mouse. In the not too distant future, citizens are going to demand more security, make the NSA work to get into private citizens emails. This will release a lot of entrepreneurial spirit as those with the ability will create programs that are NSA proof. They will treat the NSA like any common burglar and people must protect themselves from it.

Security will increase around the world. Already, EU governments like the UK are admitting they also spy on their own people. These citizens, like Americans, will demand better standards in security and privacy to protect themselves from their governments and whoever is controlling them.

It is a matter of time before the more sophisticated global citizenry moves their information to offshore cloud networks safe from the prying eyes of government.

It seems that cloud networks under US jurisdiction are not safe or free at all. This new normal is proof that tyranny will always find way to rear its ugly head. Some people will go to extra lengths to reduce freedom and liberty, always citing excuses of security or threats of terror.  The smaller the government,  the more it will focus on its duty to look after people. The bigger the government, the more special interest groups that must be satisfied. Who is the true beneficiary of the NSA program?

The fear of the internet, fear of freedom and free expression, has reached unacceptable levels. It is now accepted that an individual’s privacy is no longer guaranteed, opinions can make one a suspect. The reaction of peaceful people who want to just get along with their lives is to find ever more sophisticated ways to remain anonymous.

Digital currencies will win the day as people desire complete currency freedom and anonymity. People are tired of obvious cons like the Federal Reserve. People are exasperated at why they must each year watch freedom disappear with new laws and revelations. People will move into the shadows and underground on the web, into safe places, as they are now guilty until proven innocent.

That is what whole scale spying implies.

Thanks to Snowden, the cyber security industry for individuals is about to skyrocket. Europe and others will want to avoid using American servers and create their own internet, a necessary waste of resources. Where there is a mood of lack of trust everywhere, secure digital currency will win. Who knows what will back the currency, but it is coming.

Will the world continue to accept some concept of one humanity?

Snowden’s revelations speak otherwise, the repercussions already evident for all to see. 

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