Wednesday, July 16, 2008

WNYC Soundbite: "On the Media"

Go here to hear the whole broadcast.

Last Friday I was listening to WNYC (93.9FM here in the city) and got to hear this interesting piece. Its about the recent edits to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that our beloved President just signed. The basic addition to the act follows, taken from the linked piece:

"[It]still requires the government to obtain warrants to eavesdrop on US citizens. But permits -- to listen in on the phone calls of foreign nationals outside the country without warrants even if they are speaking to people in the US... It also expands the government's power to invoke emergency wiretapping."

The broadcast eventually turns to Google's ability to withstand governmental subpoenas, possibliy ordering them to hand over detailed records of who searches what (very detailed records, mind you). It seems that in the past, Google was able to avoid such advances, but the question of will it be able to do so again still looms, growing ever larger as days past.

What does this mean for the internet? Just where how far will all of this go? I don't think it will get as bad as the situation in China regarding massive internet filters, but at times it definitely looks as if its going to attempt to.

What do you guys think about all of this? Sound off in the comments, if you please.

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