Zuckerberg: US Government Is A Threat To Internet

Facebook-boss, Mark Zuckerberg, seems to be pretty upset by the latest news reports on the US government agency, NSA, trying to build something like a malware empire by setting up a bogus Facebook server to intercept traffic and fool users. On his personal Faceboook page, Zuckerberg lashes out against the NSA, the USA government and its president.

“I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future.”

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Earlier this week we wrote about Google’s Eric Schmidt directly claiming that the company was attacked by the NSA, and now Zuckerberg is publicly stating that the government has become a threat to the internet.

It’s about time both Google and Facebook and all the other major tech companies show their true colours, take a stand in this matter and act on it.

Facebook-Zuck writes in a status update – dated March 13 – that he personally called the US president, Barack Obama, to give him a piece of his mind.

“I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future.”

Zuckerberg also writes – more or less directly – that the US government is a threat to the whole internet.

This is why I’ve been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the US government. When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.

The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst.

Google recently announced that all of its searches are encrypted, but that’s probably just a start.

As the guys over at Techdirt.com points out: “The tech industry has to move to a world where encryption is the norm, and not the exception any more. It may suck in the way that it sucked when homes and cars finally “required” locks, but at this point it’s a necessity.”

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Google Wash Hands In Latest Report On Government Data Demands

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Requests by governments around the world for user account have doubled in the last three years, according to a new “Transparency Report” from Google(s goog), which also reveals that such requests in the US have tripled during that time.

The report is significant because Google is a bellwether for trends in how governments are collecting information related to cloud-services like Gmail or Blogger. Other tech companies publish their own transparency reports, but the Google’s version is the most insightful since it is the most detailed and the company has been publishing them since 2010.

The new report covers the first half of 2013, and shows that the number of US demands has increased to nearly 11,000, compared to the 8,500 or so requests in the previous six month period. Around the world, the total number of government requests is at a new high of 25,879. The increase reflects…

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The EU Parliament Rules Facebook With 1 Million Followers

Nine months, thousands of Twitter trolls and $3 million later, the EU Parliament may finally announce that they’ve actually achieved something: 1 million followers on Facebook!

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I don’t think there’s any EU citizens who will disagree that the massive campaign to improve the EU administration’s image in social media is a success – and money well spent!

One million people follow the European Parliament on Facebook, making it the biggest Facebook page of any of the European institutions, the parliament proudly announced on Monday.

In light of what the same Parliament have spent on different measures to improve their cracking image lately, it puts a price tag on every follower at about 3 buck. I don’t know if that’s in line with the current market rates, but it seems a little stiff to me…

But hey! One million followers!

Think about what you can do with one million Facebook followers!

No. seriously. Think about it.

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