Sunday, April 1, 2012

Government-Ordained Cyber-Spying

I've been reading a lot of articles about governments authorizing on-line surveillance of internet activities
...and the paranoid contentions about the ramifications of such activities that come with them.

While I have no doubt about the capacity of today's technology for accomplishing the task of acquiring information of the online activities of just about every internet user in the world, one must still keep in mind there are at least 40-million+plus people on those "interwebs".

Getting information about their various online activities isn't the challenge.
It's processing all this information.

Any kind of information from any kind of source still has to be interpreted and perused
...especially if any of it's going to be scrutinized in any way.

Which brings up a few questions:
Who are the ones these governments are going to hire and "bring in" to perform this formidable task of such gargantuan portions?
Just how much personnel will be needed to monitor all these cyber-transactions in the search for select "suspicious", "inappropriate", "offensive", "heretical", or otherwise "unacceptable" activities?
What qualifications will such persons have to have to qualify for those type of positions?
How much will it cost these governments to carry out these "monitoring" activities of theirs?
What about the wages and benefits of the personnel who carry out these tasks?

...last, but not least...
How is it ever going to be possible to catch all but a handful of whatever these governments deem "undesirable" activities?

Are these illustriously grandiose proposals being made in the name of "internet regulating" even feasible
...even by all these all-powerful governments of the world?
...Are they REALLY going to be able to pull all of this off?

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