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“The Dream Of Internet Freedom Is Dying”


So says Jennifer Granick, Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, who gave the keynote address at the (somewhat infamous) Black Hat security conference today. Once, techno-utopians could say things like “The Internet treats censorship as damage and routes around it” with a straight face. Today, though, the ongoing centralization of the Internet in the name of security and convenience “increasingly facilitates surveillance, censorship, and control,” to quote Granick again.

It makes sense that security has been centralized. We’ve seen dozens of reasons why over the last year: this is, as Qualys CEO Philippe Courtot, “the year of the megabreach.” He had the Office of Personnel Management hack in mind, but there are plenty of other recent contenders:


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