CoCreatr     Sun, Aug 15, 2010  Permanent link
Oops. A conflict of interest. The goal of a good medical doctor should be to make his work not needed any more because the patient has healed.

I agree that governments, using our time, energy, and money for a mandate of doing public good, are required to be transparent and accountable for what they do or neglect to do.On the other hand, the "nothing to hide" argument is just a fallacy, as Bruce Schneier has noted. It is the "faulty premise that privacy is about hiding a wrong."

Now, I am not saying companies and governments should have more privacy. They should have much less than natural persons, because the risks and outcomes of unacceptable acts on their parts are so much more severe.

What really gets to me about secrecy of technology is how it can be abused to hide much of what could be really helpful solutions to address energy and pollution once and for all. That stuff may be hidden "in the interest of national security", which is quite indistinguishable from being a favor to lobbyists to keep profitable the incumbent technology, which means old and nearly obsolete.

Patent law, which is all about disclosure, needs an overhaul, too.
BenRayfield     Sun, Aug 15, 2010  Permanent link
The "nothing to hide" claim was started by such governments. I agree we should get to have more secrets than governments have.

Its an important issue because the USA government is creating more weapons than it will ever use, creating more laws than anyone can ever read, increasing the money supply at exponential speed, funding propaganda to justify those things and get people to accept unreasonable changes like denying the right to a trial or free speech or changing the meaning of words to change the laws that are written using those words (like saying "consent" instead of "choose" or saying "lobby" instead of "bribe"). The whole USA government is out of control (nobody can control it, but some can influence it and use that to make things worse) and somebody working in it is taking as much money and power for themselves as they can (some people call that "normal" but I call it stealing and trying to take over the country without permission of their masters: the people of USA) and hiding their treason behind "national security". If I figure out which people in the USA government are doing it, no amount of "patriot act" or "national security" threats will stop me from exposing their treason in the most public way possible.
CoCreatr     Sun, Aug 22, 2010  Permanent link
Another take in HD video

The internet as we've known it is in the process of being dismantled.

Alex Jones

Watch, verify and do what you feel needs to be done.
BenRayfield     Sun, Aug 22, 2010  Permanent link
This thread is more about the USA government's strategy of keeping the best technology secret from everyone (including their friends and enemies). I'll respond in a new thread: