Government For Which People?

Government is a necessity in the modern world. It provides infrastructure and sets the rules in modern society. When it comes to information technology, governments should use what works for them. Since governments tend to be larger than any business, they have extreme concerns about security.
“find another vendor if you care about your intellectual property; if you care about your consumers’ privacy, and you care about the national security of the United States of America”

see Should the Malaysian government continue to use Microsoft products?.
That was said about Huawei when there was concern about data-leaks and backdoors, but it is currently being said about using M$’s stuff because M$ like many US corporations is in bed with NSA and spying on the world. Obviously, if you don’t want to make things easy for spies, you should not use that other OS.

Instead use Free/Libre Open Source Software like Debian GNU/Linux. With accessible source-code, it’s harder for the NSA to snoop. This is on top of all the other benefits of FLOSS such as low cost, flexibility, rapidity of development and encouragement of small/local business development and employment. Governments globally should be pumping up their own economies, not USA.

In Canada, my government should be working for me, not USA and M$. The idea that government needs to eves-drop on every communication to thwart crime is nonsense. Read the constitutions where freedom of speech and privacy are protected. One should not fight crime by turning faceless gnomes (government agents) loose to commit crime with impunity. Replacing random/isolated crime with wholesale crime is not an improvement.

I think it is past the time when we should demand our governments use FLOSS for our own protection as well as all the other good and sufficient reasons.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to Government For Which People?

  1. ram says:

    “One should not fight crime by turning faceless gnomes (government agents) loose to commit crime with impunity. Replacing random/isolated crime with wholesale crime is not an improvement.” — Well put!

    This is exactly why my company moved its internet servers from Australia to Sweden. Cronies favored by the government were being handed confidential business communications.
    We suspected it and moved our servers out quite some time ago, but recently the NSW ICAC investigations of the Obeid dealings proved it was happening.

    In our company’s case, these actions by corrupt government officials cost 150 jobs that used to be in Australia and used to contribute to the tax base.

  2. dougman says:

    Windows, is a oxymoronic name, for a “so-called” secure computer OS.

    Windows is/was/will be NEVER secure and after reading this, http://www.crn.com/news/security/240158935/sophisticated-malware-is-stumping-security-pros.htm, it will only get worse over time.

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