Who Will Make The Internet More Secure?

This is a subject that we all should be focused on….I mean we are here and doing our thing because of access of the internet….but recently with a new president the security of the internet has come into question…..I did write about it at the time….


Even Alexander Hamilton could teach us a thing or two about cyber security policy…..

In 1774, Alexander Hamilton posited that good policy consists of three ingredients: “First, that the necessity of the times require it. Secondly, that it be not the probable source of greater evils, than those it pretends to remedy. And lastly, that it have a probability of success.”

Though this Hamiltonian framework is useful for any policy discussion, it is a particularly good lens for the cyber realm, for it encourages policymakers to balance the expected effects and unintended consequences of a proposed policy; and to harmonize concerns over too little, or too much, government intervention.


There are a few Dem Senators that have put together a deal for the internet…….

Mandatory location verification. The paper suggests forcing social media platforms to authenticate and disclose the geographic origin of all user accounts or posts.

Mandatory identity verification: The paper suggests forcing social media and tech platforms to authenticate user identities and only allow “authentic” accounts (“inauthentic accounts not only pose threats to our democratic process…but undermine the integrity of digital markets”), with “failure to appropriately address inauthentic account activity” punishable as “a violation of both SEC disclosure rules and/or Section 5 of the [Federal Trade Commission] Act.”

Bot labeling: Warner’s paper suggests forcing companies to somehow label bots or be penalized (no word from Warner on how this is remotely feasible)

Define popular tech as “essential facilities.” These would be subject to all sorts of heightened rules and controls, says the paper, offering Google Maps as an example of the kinds of apps or platforms that might count. “The law would not mandate that a dominant provider offer the serve for free,” writes Warner. “Rather, it would be required to offer it on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms” provided by the government.

Other proposals include more disclosure requirements for online political speech, more spending to counter supposed cybersecurity threats, more funding for the Federal Trade Commission, a requirement that companies’ algorithms can be audited by the feds (and this data shared with universities and others), and a requirement of “interoperability between dominant platforms.”

If you are still interested in this deal then go to the paper ……..Titled “Potential Policy Proposals for Regulation of Social Media and Technology Firms,” the draft policy paper


12 thoughts on “Who Will Make The Internet More Secure?

  1. Plus the news that we keep bleeding cyber-security experts in the government is deeply concerning.

  2. I seriously doubt that any rules can make the Internet secure. Technology advances too fast to be able to constantly combat the hackers and scammers.
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. I agree with Pete, not just because advances in technology advance faster than most of us can learn it, but there are too many countries and governments involved. Blaming Trump for everything is the easy way out to start a post.

  3. Two big issues: one – your personal security, and two – that social and news networks are not manipulated by propagandists, liars, cheats, and fake information meant to do harm. Lot of geeky folks creating personal security tools. The only real tool for the second threat is the individual mind not accepting anything that triggers personal biases or fears as being true unless you know that the site is reliable. And if you only want to see stuff that reliably fits your bias and fears, or wishes – you are the perfect cyber target.

  4. I couldn’t read the link because..ironically…my Interwebs are seriously malfunctioning and in very suspicious ways. For example, the audio of a video I was watching for only 1-2 minutes kept playing for 5 minutes after I closed my entire browser. It’s as if some organization is intercepting, monitoring/copying what I’m accessing, passing it on to me and there’s some “buffering” issue at play. I think I read about that in the Snowden leaks.

    But nothing in your story’s contents will make anything more secure. Most suggestions are currently unworkable and/or incredibly intrusive, even by today’s Interweb “standards”. Besides, expert on-line trouble makers probably already have a potential work around for these largely theoretical suggestions. ID required? Well, nobody has ever faked a driver’s licence before! Finger prints or retinal scans? You insane? It’s only generating even more lucrative “data” to steal while securing nothing. It’s like those idiots who stick (hackable) security cameras on their homes and think they’ll magically stop people from murdering them in their sleep.

    At the end of the day, government operatives, corporations and partisan shits will manipulate people with utter bullshit. Stupid people will pass it around as fact. On-line media outfits looking for “clickbait” will pimp it. Traditional media desperate to be seen as “relevant” will cover it too. Best case scenario of these changes: it will happen EXACTLY the same…just maybe a little slower. Worthless!

    However, such ideas will actually make people FAR less secure and maybe even MORE manipulate-able. The elimination of multiple on-line identities will identify MORE about a specific, known, person. (ie BigDem237 from a Democrat chat-group is Bill Smith of 321 Jump St. He’s also Slabomeat33 on a forum for Submissives. Submissive Democrat? No surprise there!) It helps build more complete profiles on more identifiable individuals. Data-mining Gold!

    It’ll make it even easier to track, monitor and monetize the “data” of identifiable individuals. You can compile a file on every individual’s opinions, politics, behaviours, associations…and even locate them in real-time. Gee…how could that POSSIBLY go wrong in a world marching toward fascism almost everywhere you look??? And everything is forever now. What’s fine to say & do today…if not outright encouraged by society… might get you hung from a wall when The Republic of Gilead takes over 2 years from now. (See: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale)

    As Nedhamson said above…The Interwebs is a den of liars, pornographers, criminals, fraud artists, pedophiles, propagandists and for-profit spies. No technology will ever improve this because there’s FAR too much money in it. In fact, it’s how these tech billionaires make their money! Ultimately, only making better humans can improve this. Bottom line: The more you’re on-line, the more you do on-line and the more you trust the on-line world….the MORE unsafe you…and your society…are. Period. The OFF button is your best option.

    1. The “OFF” button is the best way to be sure that you are secure…..it is up to the individual to make themselves safer…but then that would take responsibility…..chuq

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