Once again, according to what I am reading in the news today, the government is basically responding with a big “F. U.”  to the American people in their reaction to Mark Zuckerberg’s phone call regarding internet surveillance and have decided to do the opposite of what he was asking………which was to offer us protection and not exploitation, and the government has apparently come back with a proposal to cease and desist tracking of internet IP domain names and addresses.

With cyber bullying being rampant, and inappropriate surveillance being done, it is a day when we need MORE protection and laws that prevent exploitation and misuse of us, but the government is apparently turning its back on us and creating the opportunity for yet more chaos that comes at our cost.  I sincerely hope I am wrong about that, because I want to BELIEVE in government, but in reading both articles, that is the conclusion I am reaching.

In the days when we need to count on our government, we can’t sit and watch them look the other way when we need them most.  I truly hope my interpretation of the information presented is erred, because what the article is saying is that they aren’t going to watch site domains or addresses, but to me………..they should be monitoring THAT, but NOT collecting family photos that somehow end up on buses in European nations without the victims knowing, and watching child porn.

We need to be very careful that the lawmakers are passing laws that protect US as a people, and not just government.  If the government turns its back on internet surveillance, it dissolves all of us who would be victims of cyber attacks and inappropriate bullying.  In other words, it’s just another method by which the government can simply look the other way and “not show up on time” by strategically failing the American people and companies who could be victims of potential cyber attacks that continue to destroy us financially and personally, and which could have potentially hazardous outcomes for citizens of the country.

The country does not need that.  We need a government that can watch internet surveillance appropriately, not leave us victims to attacks while they look the other way and fain ignorance, fail to collect proper evidence of misuse, abuse,  and who then do nothing but shrug “oh well”.  We are losing too much faith in them already.

According to Zuckerberg’s conversation, “The U.S. government should be the champion for the Internet, not a threat,” Zuckerberg wrote. “They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst.” (CNN Money, Pagliery, p.1.)

I want to believe in my leaders, and as a person who has loved my country, I want to have faith again……….but I don’t……right now….

I’d like to see them do something good with that surveillance, like go after our cyberbullies, but I am still waiting for a bill to make it to the floor……………aren’t YOU???

References:

author unknown. (2014). http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/14/us-government-internet_n_4967271.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl2%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D454128 accessed March 14, 2014.

Pagliery, Jose. (2014). http://money.cnn.com/2014/03/13/technology/security/mark-zuckerberg-nsa/ accessed: March 14, 2014.

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