You know, I just had an Atlas Shrugged kind of an idea! It goes like this:
Vic's Bill demands that ISPs provide all sorts of things, including back doors and easy methods for the police and other authorities to find out whatever they want from the Net.
They are making the assumption that they can demand anything they want and it will happen! Not only is everything they ask possible, they assume, but who cares about the cost! It's as if they think that some software guy will spend an evening with a pizza and some coke and change everything for them!
This Bill is an attack on many of the values of the people who built and now maintain the Net. What if they refused to do the technical work involved?
They would not have to be so stupid as to overtly refuse. They could be charged for that and I've no doubt that a personality like Vic Toews WOULD if he thought they were challenging him!
So here comes my Atlas Shrugged idea - suppose all the techies simply said that they didn't know HOW to change the software?
How could a government PROVE that this was bogus? Are there any politicians, let alone judges, who understand how to do this stuff? Perhaps the structure of the InterNet is such that it's TRUE! Maybe it isn't possible to do as Vic asks! I don't know for sure, do you? Would a judge?
The Law would be put in the position of trying to tell a citizen what he is or is not capable of doing, in a field where the Law has no expertise of its own. Even more, some software engineers are better than others. If one said he couldn't do it, can the Law assume that they are ALL equally capable and the engineer in question is lying?
In other words, Atlas the software guy Shrugs! Who would do what Vic wants? What could he possibly do about it?
Edited by Wild Bill, 15 February 2012 - 08:55 AM.