The stupidest thing I have read in some time  

TechCrunch today posted an editorial - blog post, let’s not get fancy - throwing its support behind CISPA.

I’m utterly not kidding. Here you go:

There are two governments vying to be the best at spying on U.S. citizens: the American government and the Chinese government. While I’m not thrilled about either military sifting through my private data, if information sharing allows the U.S. government to block Chinese hackers, I’ll happily choose a democratic government over a viciously authoritarian one. […]

Supporting CISPA isn’t about giving up rights; it’s about deciding which rights are more threatened. I wish we lived in a world where I didn’t have to choose. But the likely concrete harms from government surveillance, self-censorship and whistleblower blackmail, seem far less scary to me than stolen nuclear secrets, destabilized vital infrastructure, and disrupted commerce.

If I have to choose who is spying on me, I’ll choose a democracy any day of the week.

To be frank, the post is bad enough that I am mystified by its lack of logic.

It essentially argues that because CISPA has been proposed, thus we should allow for utter spying on American citizens, because China is scary. Something like that.

I’m not sure if the author is kidding, but in the realm of cybersecurity, I haven’t read such utter claptrap before. For a tech publication, this is an embarrassment.

 
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