This recent thread got me thinking.
State over-reach nowdays knows no boundaries. From Australia having the audacity to attempt to ban/backdoor encryption, to the UK now pontificating that it knows better than anyone what software should and should not be written, and how.
This measure is a grave threat (as if there were not enough around already) to personal freedom and to financial privacy.
And it is no wonder, as there has been an orchestrated effort, very transparent to all but the most stubborn ostriches, to completely eliminate financial privacy, under the guise of "fighting tax evasion" and "fighting money laundering".
The reality, of course, is quite different: the state is more interested in ensuring that its belly remains full, and is not above obliterating the financial privacy of millions to freely target and plunder as it sees fit.
Financial privacy then, even though it has been the standard for thousands of years, represents a giant obstacle to this objective.
With the latest move, the UK government is now asserting that even for peer to peer trades, the state middleman must be there, quietly snooping on every transaction. And not just that: It wants to require software developers to betray the privacy and safety of the users of their programs (whom they don't even know, and don't care to know) by undermining the software, making it report live data to the government.
We must see this for what it is. A totalitarian play, a test.
How long, should this come to pass, until demands for encryption backdoors grow louder once again?
After all, if any transaction you make could be terrorism-related, then why not every site your visit, or every conversation you have? Is the principle not the same?
It is absolutely appalling that the UK government - any government - would attempt something like this so candidly, without shame.
That alone tells us a lot already. They have grown emboldened.
The tyrants believe, and are willing to act on their belief, that invading the privacy of millions of people, and now compelling software programmers to weaken and backdoor their software for the benefit of state surveillance to be a perfectly normal request.
When will we awaken from our slumber? When is enough enough?
TL;DR: Power-hungry governments around the world want to know everything about you, and turn the state into crypto's very centralized middlemen by intimidating and coercing developers into betraying their users. It would be most unwise not to resist this and move to remove people who allegedly represent us from power. The result of complete state control over every sphere of our life can only be tyranny - it has been tried, and it produces much misery. You must understand the situation we face and not fall to hopelessness.**