This is why a surveillance state can’t be allowed to exist, it only works if the people running it are benevolent.
“The US has confirmed it is finally ready to cede power of the internet’s naming system, ending the almost 20-year process to hand over a crucial part of the internet’s governance.” ~ Dave Lee, BBC News, http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37114313
Attorney Scott McCullough will discuss the policy and law aspects of the internet naming system. Andrew Donoho will be discussing the basic technical hierarchy and how countries get involved with limiting access to the name space. I.e. how a government can block Twitter.
Should managing the global name space be the responsibility of the technorati? Or governments? How can we prevent dictatorships or religious autocracies from getting veto control over the administration of global top level domains? (Because of delegation, they can block the DNS at their borders.)
Apple has patented a technology that can remotely disable the camera on your cell phone via an infrared signal. Ostensibly created to prevent people from taking pictures and video at concerts and movie theaters, or to prevent students from cheating on tests, it’s only a matter of time before this is used by law enforcement to prevent the lawful recording of their actions or by governments to prevent protestors from documenting retaliation against their assemblies.