What would you do if the government asked you to hand over your computer?
What if you didn't have a choice? (Brandon Mayfield didn't...)
In 2004, the FBI broke into his home and searched his computer. His web history, including searches for "target practice" and travel in Spain, was used as evidence to wrongly jail him for involvement in the Madrid bombings. Mayfield is a muslim.
What if they already have everything on your computer? (your emails, your phonecalls, your real-time location)
The NSA's new Utah Data Center. A senior intelligence official told Wired: “Everyone's a target.”
“The N.S.A. had been engaged in ‘over collection’ of domestic communications of Americans. They describe the practice as significant and systematic,”New York Times
Where will the government draw the line?
In China,this woman was arrested after posting about corruption in her town.
In only 2 days
Congress and the President could draw the line where China does, with the Cybersecurity Act of 2012
Where do you draw the line?
We could be a turnkey totalitarian state or we can have a state where there is no fear of being scrutinized and excessive self-censorship, where companies and government share info when there is a cyber threat and cannot be sued for inappropriate sharing.
If you could keep your friends and family from being unfairly prosecuted by the government, would you?
UPDATE: The Cyber Security Act of 2012 is stalled in the Senate, but it could return as early as September. Sign up to be notified: