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.”

Mark Zuckerberg


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.”

Decrypted & Related:

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So, Are Journalists Criminals, Too?

I have seen many examples over the last few years of economists,  police officers and government officials trying to discredit journalist – and I don’t count “banana-republics”  like Greece, Turkey or Russia. The EU is working on a new media directive that enables the European authorities to fine or deprive journalists of their right to work if they don’t apply by certain rules. In their 2013 report Scandinavian intelligence services warns of terrorists and infiltrators increasingly posing as journalists to get access to politicians and other high-level officials. The whole profession that once based its existence on trust have become less trustworthy than a used car salesman.

“I think it’s pretty extraordinary that anyone that would call themselves a journalist would publicly muse about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felony.”

Glenn Greenwald


I guess British journalist Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian.  the mainstream media reporter involved in breaking the NSA surveillance scandal, must be asking himself some rather fundamental questions these days.

Greenwald is being accused of aiding and embedding the US whistleblower,  Edward Snowden, throughout the ordeal and now he has to defend why he shouldn’t be charged with a crime.

So is Glenn Greenwald a criminal?  Should journalists be afraid to do their job?

Erik Wemple, media critic at The Washington Post, breaks it all down in this interview with Russia Today:


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