Age of privacy discussions are pointless when compared to the real war going on.
It isn’t pretty and glamorous to be involved in but its impact will be deeper than any open data argument.
This is a war that crosses national boundaries and yet not a whimper is being heard. This is a war that is subverting national policies but the voices of cyber Paul Reveres are ignored as we play FarmVille. Countries from Canada to New Zealand and Australia to Costa Rica are facing everything from outright economic pressure to underhanded backroom dealings signed away in NDAs.
Under the acronym of ACTA landing boats are bringing lawyers, trade organizations and promises of global ostracization. This is the war that the entertainment industry is doing everything it can to keep under the radar.
Yet this industry is seeking to forever change how we use technology and the Internet. Primary among its weapons is the hijacking of a growing number of countries and their laws surrounding copyrights. Primary among its ways to affects these laws is political pressure by members of political parties who they have been financing for years.
It is those politicians who are threatening the economic viability of countries like Costa Rica using threats of blocking US markets for Costa Rican sugar – unless they agree to radically changing their copyright laws.
Canada is being assaulted on two fronts in a war that wants our country to acquiesce our copyright laws. From the US and ACTA to the European Union and their CETAEU our country is being told to change our laws that have been called some of the fairest copyright laws in the world.
This is a war that if lost will make concerns about privacy seem petty and archaic. It is a war if lost will make Google and China’s little dance seem like pointless. It is a war that lives in the background and has no glamour or cute buzzwords to gain fame with.
It is a war I fear we will lose before we realize that we need to fight. But then we’ll always have things like FarmVille to fall back on eh.
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