- The Washington Times - Friday, December 19, 2014


Now that the first cyberwar is underway, the IT experts are taking a close look about the particulars. And with every war comes weaponry, and predictions that privacy technology must keep up with aggressive hackers. It’s a reality of the “knowledge economy” - where business and enterprise is fueled by precious data at lightening speed, and often personal data at that. But it’s complicated. Even the United Nations is laboring on a resolution to put before the General Assembly that calls upon nations to “respect and protect a global right to privacy.” Is it possible?

A Pew Research Internet Project survey of tech and Internet experts reveals a glum outlook, now that a cyberwar against the U.S. has been launched. The researchers posed this complicated question: “Will policy makers and technology innovators create a secure, popularly accepted, and trusted privacy-rights infrastructure by 2025 that allows for business innovation and monetization while also offering individuals choices for protecting their personal information?” And the very simple answer: 55 percent said no.

“We can be sure that privacy technology, like encryption, will continue to improve in ease and power - but so will privacy-penetrating technology. It is an arms race today, and I do not see that changing anytime soon,” respondent Peter Suber, an Ivy League academe who is an open-access advocate and author, told the researchers.

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