Lets talk about Repression, Control and Propaganda! ^_^

15 Mar

So for my Topic I am talking about Repression, control and Propaganda in relation to the article “Does The Cybersecurity Act Of 2012 Mark The Beginning Of The War On Cyber-terrorism?”The article addresses the topic of The Cyber security act of 2012 that has come out of congress, an Act that would give any part the US government freedom to take action against any suspected “cyber terrorist group” that is trying to compromise Infrastructures in the US economy.  Supporters of the act compare cyber crime damages on a global scale to the black market drug trade which makes no scene in association. Here’s the excerpt from the article.

 

“A Norton study last year calculated the cost of global cyber crime at $114 billion annually,” said Sen. Susan Collins. “When combined with the value of time victims lost due to cyber crime, this figure grows to $388 billion globally, which Norton described as ‘significantly more’ than the global black market in marijuana, cocaine and heroin combined.”

This article brings up the point that this is simply a scare tactic being used to coerce people into feeling insecure and siding with the bill.  It is always important to take a step back and look at what is the bigger picture here.  Most of the bill is concerned not with your individual personal safety but big corporations best interests.  The bill is essentially asking you to give up part of your civil liberties so these big companies can feel a little bit safer.  Cant the government already intervene against acts of terrorism?  Why do they need another bill on top of the Patriot act which allows the government to listen in on any phone activity they want to?  With acts being passed like this over time individual freedom is being eaten away.
One of the key figures these supporting politicians are pointing out is the group Anonymous.  They denounce Anonymous by calling them a “Cyber Terrorist Group” and compares them to al Qaeda using the term “stateless group”.  They then contradict themselves by saying that Anonymous is not powerful enough to pose any real threat of an infrastructure collapse at the moment in their “stateless group”.  Anonymous has never made it their goal to try to dismantle any major company or hurt any individual.  They have made corporate operations more transparent and simply asserted that people who are not in a place of high power are able to think for themselves and act when instigated.  I am not glorifying Anon. (Anonymous) but am simply saying the government is using them as an excuse to gain more control than they should have over matters.  There was also talk of Russian and Chinese spying on US information through Hacking but of course the countries have denied any involvement.  At the end of the article the author makes the point that Even if Cyber Hacking poses a Legitimate threat to our way of life is having the sense of security really worth giving up civil liberty?

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2 Responses to “Lets talk about Repression, Control and Propaganda! ^_^”

  1. Rochell Edlow March 19, 2012 at 6:13 PM #

    I conceive you have observed some very interesting details , thankyou for the post.

  2. lockmantuj March 21, 2012 at 10:16 PM #

    This is a very complex and confusing topic. I appreciate the thought you put in to trying to make some sense of this.

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