pointerDomestic policy is also foreign policy

Evgeny Morozov:

On matters of digital infrastructure, domestic policy is also foreign policy. So, we want to catch all the terrorists before they are born? Fine, Big Data are here to help. But, lest we forget, they would also help the governments of China and Iran to predict and catch future dissidents. We can’t be building insecure communication infrastructure and expect that only Western governments would profit from it. […] Google could have easily chosen to encrypt our communications in a way that its own algorithms wouldn’t be able to decipher, depriving both itself and the NSA of much-coveted data. But then Google wouldn’t be able to offer us a free service. And who would be happy about this?