When you travel with your laptop to a public wireless access point, and you probably do - it's visible to attackers. How do you address the dichotomy that you're uncomfortable with your home network being visible to attackers if you're comfortable traveling to public access points?
Sounds good until you're the one at risk of being shot by a trigger-happy psychopath under protection of the US Government. I don't think any of us are concerned about answering a nastygram about some contrived DMCA violation. We're concerned about having our homes invaded because someone thought it was a good idea to attack non-violent crimes with violent reactions in the USA.
in case you need a refresher: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=135680995
Our ancestors had a less ambiguous case of right and wrong to rally around. Here the waters are clouded by crimes many or most of us generally want to fight, but we don't agree with the methods used to fight them. It's a lot more difficult to rally around my right to leave an open access point in my house without fear of being shot by the police than it is to rally around one's right to equality or relief from a distant oppressive government.
Well put. I'm impressed.
I think many of us are overwhelmed by the general idea that law enforcement is abusing the general public out of malice of incompetence, and as a result we become hooked on each one of these incidents as examples of a dangerous slide into a police state.
There's more to the story of law enforcement relating to the public, and it would be good to have or participate in a discourse on some of the root causes and hack out solutions to them.
Trust is a foundation of governance, as you point out. The system, and it's administrators, will work to maintain that trust. In places where the trust breaks down, and I think we have examples of that globally, the populace is subject to great chaos and uncertainty.
I don't think we can have that sort of discourse here, in this forum, and perhaps it's appropriate to have it at a very localized level in a community, but as hackers, geeks, and intelligent people - we can do something about this.
Other than the Post's general issues with content, how is the article wrong?
(Please post citations and sources for your conclusion.)
Note that the article quotes GoDaddy's general counsel as saying "We decided we didn't want to be agents of China."