Sunday, June 10, 2007

June Gloom

Congress has officially declared June to be "Internet Safety Month," complete with a resolution from the 110th session full of "whereas" declarations and statistics. Yet, only 20% of the public polled are even aware of this exciting fact, despite a concerted campaign for airplay on the subject. Perhaps citizens are finally tuning out the endless barrage in the news about online dangers.

It's interesting that the government's potential inventory of woe compiled on behalf of its constituents doesn't include any possible risks to the public from corporate entities that sell information about their users to third parties, make files useless, or change terms of use without notice. I've certainly been kept "safe" from insightful comments from some readers of this blog, who complain that it is difficult to post now that Google is asserting their all g-mail interface.

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Blogger Lupton said...

June Gloom is a great expression, and this is always a funny yet on-target post. "Safety" is, of course, a word with a long and troubled history. It is generally an excuse for stronger government, designed to protect citizens from each other by extending states of emergency.

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