Personally, it is hard for me to trust the government when it comes to the Internet. Our government is one of the greatest in the world, but it does get a little paranoid at times, and when it comes to personal data online, it's hard to trust a government which doesn't trust its own people, and is busy archiving everything online. I have an even bigger problem when I see that multiple governments are now sharing information.
Apparently, they are hoping to root out terrorists, tax cheats, and catch money launderers, oh and the occasional drug cartel money flows. Yes, I suppose they might be able to catch a few, especially the stupid ones, but that only makes the smart criminals stronger, having less competition. Then there is the big issue of copyright infringements, and supposedly we have to look at what everybody has on their personal computer to prevent anyone from running off copies of e-books, movies, videos, or music for all of those industries.
Of course, there are other serious issues which should be quite troubling - if we make holes in all the software to let our government in obviously, all the other governments will want into our computers as well. And then there's the biggest wannabe government of all, the government of governments, which is trying to rule the world. Now the United Nations wants access to everything, and they want to control and run the Internet. Personally, I have a real problem with that because I judge any organization by the company it keeps.
There was an interesting piece written on SlashDot not long ago titled; "UN Takeover of Internet Must Be Stopped, US Warns," posted by Samzenpus, June 1, 2012 which states;
"Benfrog writes "In a rare show of bipartisan agreement, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle warned of a UN summit in December to takeover of the Internet if proposals from China, Russia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are adopted. The World Conference on International Telecommunication, hearing proposals including using international mandates to charge certain Web destinations on a "per-click" basis to fund the build-out of broadband infrastructure across the globe' and allowing 'governments to monitor & restrict content, impose costs on international data."
You see, I'm not sure I want the Russian government having access to my personal data or computer. I'm pretty certain I don't want the cyber hackers from China sifting through my information and conveniently borrowing any proprietary information that they think they might want. Lastly, if we give up control of the Internet to the United Nations, that is one step removed from our own government, the one that we only trust on even days of the week. Are you beginning to see my argument here? Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.
Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Future Internet Concepts. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank; http://www.worldthinktank.net/