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“Should we outlaw the internet?” A lawmaker’s depressing query to the NSA

“Should we outlaw the internet?” A lawmaker’s depressing query to the NSA
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Today, at the Cyberconnect 2017 conference in New York City, former NSA director Keith Alexander took the stage to deliver the keynote address. During his address, he detailed one small but very depressing anecdote. According to reporter Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, a member of Congress once asked Alexander this disturbing question: “Should we outlaw the internet?”

Many officials are trying to weaken encryption to make online snooping easier–and this is surely an example of the types of people working to do that: Some unnamed lawmaker who wants the federal government to simply do away with the internet altogether.

If you’re looking for proof that many in the government don’t understand the technology they are actively trying to regulate, here you are.

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