A year ago today, we joined the world in shock on learning that governments were spying on internet users around the world. Tapping internet service providers’ undersea cables, intentionally and secretly weakening encryption products, surreptitiously collecting everything from call metadata to photos sent over the internet by US citizens — nothing was off limits.
Just as troubling as the revelations themselves is the fact that since last summer, little if anything has changed. Despite a lot of rhetoric, our three branches of government in the United States have not made many concrete steps toward truly protecting citizens from unchecked government surveillance.
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Huge: WordPress Moves to Block Government Spying on Its Sites
Even though the word “WordPress” doesn’t appear in my Internet address here, this site is in fact hosted by WordPress. So, I say big, big bravo to WordPress: Check out this statement it released today titled, Reset the Net:
If we properly encrypt our sites and devices, we can make mass surveillance much more difficult. We’ll have SSL in place for all *.wordpress.com subdomains by the end of the year.
Again, go here to read the whole thing and again, bravo to WordPress. I love seeing big corporations acting up! (I know they’re doing it for their own financial good but still…)