Privacy Versus Online Safety

The Cyberdefense plan recently outlined by President Obama may undercut the personal privacy & civil liberties of individuals in an attempt to battle cyber terrorism. This has HUGE implications for everyone in the United States & abroad, as it will essentially allow the U.S. Military to “patrol” the Internet where it has so far been prohibited from operating. Pentagon officials have claimed that there is no other way.

In his speech from the White House, President Obama said the plan “will not — include monitoring private sector networks or Internet traffic.”

Read more from the N.Y. Times.

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on June 15, 2009, in Privacy, Technology and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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