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September 17th, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Here’s what the Surveillance State hath wrought:

Brazil plans to divorce itself from the U.S.-centric Internet over Washington’s widespread online spying, a move that many experts fear will be a potentially dangerous first step toward fracturing a global network built with minimal interference by governments.

President Dilma Rousseff ordered a series of measures aimed at greater Brazilian online independence and security following revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted her communications, hacked into the state-owned Petrobras oil company’s network and spied on Brazilians who entrusted their personal data to U.S. tech companies such as Facebook and Google.

It always felt unseemly to me when Bill Clinton had Ron Brown flying all over the world, drumming up business overseas for US companies. That’s governor-level stuff, beneath the office of the President, or even his Secretary of Commerce.

But at least Brown was drumming up business, not killing it.

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There is a growing US domestic demand for used manual typewriters. The cover organizations for the IT industry are filing law suits against the Alphabet agencies and lobbying for restrictions on them. It is hilarious watching all those Silicon Valley "kiss me I'm a liberal" types are now having to put up with blow back from both left and right. See what your campaign contributions are worth now that Obama doesn't need you anymore. I'm going long on courier services and carrier pigeons.
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An update to the Smith Corona Personal Word Processor series, or similar, would be nice. I think the old ones were limited to word processing and spreadsheeting but could now do most of what people do without being connected to the internet.
48 weeks ago
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Like a circle in a spiral - like a wheel within a wheel - never ending or beginning - so the net will heel Brazil.

This is likely some political theater on the part of Rousseff.
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Didn't Minitel die a dignified quiet death a few years ago?
And that was the most successful non-Internet Internet.

On the other hand, such a course would give the Brazilian government almost total control over the information flow within its borders, which is probably the whole point.
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Fairly useless posturing. In principle, great. But in practice... if you're not connecting to the internet, what are you going to do? Create a country-specific network that has nothing on it anybody wants? I believe China tried that. Didn't work out so well.

The simple truth of it is that we built the damn thing, create most of the content on it, and pay for the vast majority of the connectivity. Nobody else has all of that stuff in the same place so as to make it worthwhile to use.

The notion that someone is going to make a "new" internet that the NSA, or litany of other intelligence firms can't spy on is hilarious at best.

Unfortunately, the NSA debacle is our mess to clean up. That's going to happen in one of two ways-- through innovation making it harder if not impossible to collect data on people, or through legislation prohibiting it. Maybe both, depending on the timing.
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