The CISA (Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act) is planning to make a big comeback and a lot of people are still thinking whether to oppose their government in spying on their people. If this is not opposed by the people, this trend will continue and more and more governments will be implementing similar laws to let them spy in their countries.
I have always been a person who disliked the governments for spying on us, we have the right to privacy and it should remain that way. But things are not going well for people like me. So this post goes to all the people who haven’t still got a clue about why it should matter to you.
The following piece of text will let you know the importance of this issue and moreover why the argument “You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide” doesn’t make sense in this context. I didn’t not write the following part. It was written by Kim_Jung-Skill on reddit.
One facet of this argument that goes largely undiscussed (and is something your friend may care about) is that it is bad for an imperfect government to be able to predict all crime. Some of the greatest steps forward in human history were only made possible by people being able to hide information from their government. If the church had access to Galileo’s research journals and notes we could be hundreds of years behind in our scientific growth. If the government had unlimited access to the networks of civil dissidents blacks may have never fought off Jim Crow. If King George had perfect information America would never have been a country. There is no government on earth that is perfect, and therefore there is no government on earth that can act responsibly with unlimited access to information. A government is unlikely to be able to distinguish between a negative and positive disruption to it’s social order and laws, and it therefore follows that an unlimited spying program can only hinder the next great social step forward. Don’t fear the surveillance state because you might have something illegal, fear the surveillance state because it is a tremendous institutional barrier to meaningful societal progress.
I hope now you have a clearer idea about the whole issue. This is much bigger than you/we all thought and it shouldn’t be supported by any people who look forward to the betterment of their countries. So make sure your political representatives know your stand about this. Also try and share this word around and educate people about this. Its really important. I can’t help thinking about this small poem written by Pastor Martin Niemöller at this point.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Thanks for reading this, I hope you will share this with your friends and relatives.