What is probably my most politically-charged article at TechRepublic’s IT Security Weblog to date has now been published: Security alarmism helps the bad guys win.
In what many call the “post-9/11 world”, the word “security” often has new and dramatic meaning. This is also the post-SQL-Slammer world, and a world in which identity fraud via digital means is a constant bugbear lurking in the dark shadows of our minds every time we open up a Web browser. The more dangerous the world becomes, the more important it is to keep our heads.
I bring up the destruction of Napster, the current undermining of the doctrine of fair use, the effective elimination of the power of the courts to issue a Writ of Habeas Corpus, the banning of so-called “hacking tools” (in Germany, England, and parts of the US), the restriction of development security technologies in the name of copyright enforcement, the FBI kiddie porn entrapment scandal, and (in a circumspect manner) some of the negative effects of our governments spying on law-abiding citizens, among other things.
Give it a look. Comment on it if you have a TR account (or are willing to register) — I’m technically supposed to kick-start discussion myself as part of my “job” as a writer there, but I’ve got to go to my state’s capitol to participate in the processes of “democracy” today.
Update (17:47 30 May):
There are two comments there already, so I didn’t have to come up with something when I got home. Still . . . go read it if you’re interested in how I tied these (not so) disparate subjects together.