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Nicole Wong, former top lawyer for Google and Twitter, is the new deputy US CTO (qz.com)
72 points by mr_spothawk 1483 days ago | hide | past | web | 10 comments | favorite

This article reads like a press release - completely uncritical. I wonder how much of this was independently researched by the reporter and how much was fed to them by the White House press handlers. It even quotes Jay Carney the master propagandist who leads these efforts.

It is clearly targeted at the tech community. This is in hen originally announced on June 20th very similar articles appeared in CNET, All Things Digital, SF Chronicle and the Register. After SOPA they are paying special attention.

By itself this appointment does nothing but give the impression of reform for a news cycle or two. The basic strategy is lie and delay the delay and lie until the public moves on to something else.

If they really want to have a debate about the balance between security and privacy lets have it. The first step is to state your position by revealing exactly what you are doing today instead of continued lies, stalling and doubletalk.

How does a lawyer have any business being a CTO - this is just like hiring Jill Finney as COO for nominet (.uk registry) when she has zero technical knowledge about IT or the DNS system.

For non UK people MS Finny was involved in a dodgy cover up of mum and baby deaths in the NHS.

FFS I would make a better C level exec for nominet I have worked for a registry before.

E-gads, an article that is trying to convince me that adding a good person to a totally screwed up system is a good move.

Some context the article overlooks. Number of CIOs in the federal government: over 250. Number of agencies keeping private or sensitive data on citizens: well over 200. Procedure to change policy on privacy or anonymity: byzantine at best, impossible for most mortals. Who is actually in charge of privacy policy: that's a good one. I'd go with Congress instead of some executive-branch person, but you'd probably need participation of both in each agency to make a difference.

Wong is probably a great person, and I congratulate her willingness to sacrifice her time for the public good, but the problems we face are not due to the lack of some special position or magic person coming into office. At best, this is a fluff piece on Wong, which is fine. At worst, it's propaganda. It eliminates important context and supports a narrative that's terribly unrealistic. Farcical even.

I don't see why any of this makes it not a good move. I agree that the article overstates things, and we should absolutely not lose sight of the larger picture, but I have some hope she will make things better not worse.

"Beyond that, Weiss wouldn’t elaborate on what Wong will be doing."

So here's someone who is appointed to a non-classified position in the government and paid with taxpayer dollars, and the government isn't even going to tell us what she'll be doing? As a taxpayer, I find that to be disturbing and insulting. Let's have some of that much-touted transparency here.

There is no transparency except for carefully crafted releases that make the administration look good.

"This doesn't conform to my current view of the US government, so I will now baselessly criticize and flag this submission!"

- Hacker News 2013

"Nicole Wong, dubbed by many as the US’s first chief privacy officer"

Note for those skipping the article, the 'important person' is not a Karl Rove or Darth Cheney work-alike, you might in fact be pleasantly surprised.

"At best, it's a fluff peice, at worst, propaganda."


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