Brazil is considering ways to make local use of the internet less dependent on US-based services, following leaks about Washington's cyberspy operations.The South American nation has suggested forcing internet firms to open data centres in Brazil, which would be used to store locally generated material. It is also pursuing a plan to build a new internet cable. The project would offer a way for data to bypass the US.
Interesting to ponder: how far are they and other countries likely to take this? Perhaps Balkanization of the internet was inevitable all along.
"There's no central method to search an email at this time with the way our records are set up, unfortunately," NSA Freedom of Information Act officer Cindy Blacker told me last week. The system is “a little antiquated and archaic," she added.
Maybe a little extra could be included in the next NSA budget for an Outlook license?
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