As some of you might know, I am not a native English speaker. I try to correct my mistakes with automatic dictionaries and proofreader. Occasionally, some of my grammar becomes downright laughable but hey I don’t care.
I may be late in catching up things on the internet. I caught this article. The National Security Agency( Call it International already, you don’t only monitor Americans, do you?) of America developed a software called XKeyStore, which monitors people who lurk on Linux journals, TOR websites, Freenet, and even Hotspotshied. The software tags those people as ‘extremists’..or..’potential terrorists…!’.
Okay, I am a Linux freak. I can’t spend a day without visiting my favorite Linux journals. Privacy in Internet is also important to me. So, I tend to visit TOR and freenet websites often. Gosh..my IP address along with my private information is being tagged as an ‘extremist‘..
You know, deep inside my whatever, I have to make a confession . I’m waiting for a special platform..aww..don’t worry it’s not about porn. I’m 22 and I never wrote a love letter. How disappointing is that to not to write a love letter? Who writes a letter these days?
I love you NSA. I love you as much as Bieber. I would even say my love is platonic and eternal. Everyday, when I search for something in Google, I think about you NSA. I am so lucky you accepted my love and started tracking me 24×7. It’s kind of cute..! To amuse you, I search for Linux, TOR, Freenet and terrorists everyday. Just to force your attention on me. You think I’m a terrorist? Fine, but, I still love you as much as I love Gaylord. I will still love you when you’re no longer young and beautiful. I’m a love extremist.
Jokes aside, I am surprised that people do not care about privacy as much as they should. Someone might argue that— I have nothing to hide, I am not a criminal. So, I don’t care about privacy in the Internet. Let them track me. Yo people, your privacy is important. Not to you, may be to your daughters and sons. This surveillance has just started. Imagine what would happen in ten years from now on. Everything you’ve done on the Internet will be monitored, and can be used against you. I am not saying that you might be going to jail for that. Innocent people can get arrested for nothing, they can dig up all the information from your teenage to prove a case against you.
“I worry about my child and the Internet all the time, even though she’s too young to have logged on yet. Here’s what I worry about. I worry that 10 or 15 years from now, she will come to me and say ‘Daddy, where were you when they took freedom of the press away from the Internet?'”
–Mike Godwin, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Now, privacy and Internet are like disjoint sets. If something is on the internet, there is no question of Privacy. Ideally, we would like to have some sort of intersection between them. Did I sound too scientific?
Privacy is crucial in our life and NSA running such massive surveillance programs is not acceptable. People, fire up your Facebook already, spread why privacy is so important. Knowledge is power–don’t let your knowledge become their power.
Disclaimer: All the insults are meant to criticize activities of surveillance, not to hurt anyone’s feelings.