Scary, Scary Internet Regulations

Aug 18, 2011

If I told you last week that in response to political protest, a government shut down cell phone service, you would have thought I meant maybe Syria. 

But by now you probably know it happened in downtown San Francisco where transit cops, worried about a protest that might disrupt rail service and aware that mobile devices played a major role in coordinating the recent British riots, shut the phones off.  The response has been a series of hacks, most recently into a database belonging to the BART Police Officers Association.  The full names, e-mail addresses, home addresses, and passwords of transit cops were posted online.  Are there mounting threats to the openness of the Internet? Today you'll hear a lot of arguments that there are. Even the shift from laptops to mobile devices, which are far more restrictable by the companies that issue them, tightens the knot a little. Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.