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BBC Commentary on report on Facebook’s encryption of private messages hampering child safety effort



The issue of encryption in digital devices is what technology experts describe as a value alignment paradox or dual-use technology issue in that we need privacy but as seen in the past with Apple versus FBI in the San Bernardino California Terrorist iPhone access who killed 14 people in December 2015 and public interest.

Other issues raised by human rights groups and free speech violations point to miss use of access by dictators or lesser politicians seeking to find dirt on political opponents.

Child safety and the huge problem of child porn online must be addressed and this issue is at the intersection of what society and decency and protection are needed in the physical world must be also in place in the digital online world.

This is a wicked problem in that we need to be able to have differential privacy that these commercial consumer phones or social media sites ran for profit, in reality, don’t offer the right kind of encryption security, even when CEOs like Tim Cook or Mark Zuckerberg claim they are looking at your security and representing customer interests, when in fact they too have a double meaning in preserving their market but avoiding siding with governments or other influences.

My view is this can be fixed with more advanced security measures but with new governance regulation on their large often American companies who own your data and the

whole platform end to end calling the shots. New regulation in that data privacy is restructured as owned by the person and not them, that new decentralized ways of storing your data like “bank of your personal data” becomes the method as we do with our finances. At the moment all your data and tech is with the Suppliers, the big cloud platforms and mobile phone makers and network operators. Until new regulation is in place they will not “vote” willingly to change security systems as it means losing control of their monetization model.s, the big cloud platforms, and mobile phone makers and network operators. Until new regulation is in place they will not “vote” willingly to change security systems as it means losing control of their monetization model.

It’s a complex issue that has flummoxed politicians to date and been stirred passive-aggressively by lobbing and fence-sitting by the vendors to avoid a solution. But the tide may be turning with Margrethe Vestager’s new powers in European and the new American candidates like Warren and the government starting to shake this tree.

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