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Poch Peralta

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Is the Internet a "US colony" Now?

F-Secure’s chief research officer Mikko Hypponen argued that the internet had "become a US colony" at the expense of democracy. "We’re back in the age of colonisation," he said. Bruce Schneier of The Atlantic mentions one reason for power play on the Net: 'The Internet has emboldened traditional power as well.'

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    Oct 26 2013: In what sense do you think the internet is a US colony ? There is no central body controlling the internet, but the internet is a global system of interconnected networks.
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      Oct 26 2013: I didn't claim that the internet is a US colony. I asked the question.

      When Mikko Hypponen argued that the internet had "become a US colony" at the expense of democracy,
      he added that 'its dominance over the web gave the U.S. too much power over foreign countries...'
      That might be one reason for his claim.
      http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/security/384973/the-internet-is-a-us-colony
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        Oct 26 2013: I just read the article and I think Hypponen is a bit too dramatic. One has choices which internet service provider to use.
        He also argues for open source software being saver than closed source software. I can't see how open source where everybody can check every detail of the source code can be saver than closed source.
        Conclusion: I don't feel myself colonized by the US and keep using the internet as usual. Even in the case the US govt. should spy on me, which I think is only a remote possibility, I don't really care because there is nothing I'm hiding.

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