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Have no doubt about it, this marks the beginning of the end of online privacy. Now that even the U.S. govt is asking for the TLS Certificates there is no country that has the moral high ground on this issue.

I'm from India and when I heard that the Indian government was asking Blackberry for its encryption keys I thought "Hah these people are so ignorant! They don't even know how public key encryption works!!". In hindsight it doesn't look very foolish. In fact they're openly building a surveillance system called CMS which has no checks and balances even on paper. Unfortunately in a country like ours with has so many other pressing issues it isn't a big deal yet.

Recently some governments tried to orchestrate a power grab of the internet via the ITU but it was vetoed by the US. "Its better to let the US govt. have a monopoly on the internet", or so I thought. What with all their constitutional protections and all. Recent developments have shattered my hopes.

The NSA's worst case scenario has already happened. Other than some modest outrage on the internet nothing much has changed. In a sense it shows a tacit acceptance of mass surveillance by most of the public. Hence my opinion that recent events mark a turning point.

With noone having the moral high ground its quite likely that all world governments and corporations are soon going to come to an agreement on permanent mass surveillance . What then ?

I am in the same boat. I supported US against my own (Indian) government on the ITU taking over internet governance issue because I genuinely believed US would be a better guardian of the Internet than India. I was proven wrong. Now, decentralization of internet control doesn't seem like all that bad a thing.

>Recently some governments tried to orchestrate a power grab of the internet via the ITU but the US vetoed it. I thought it would be better for the US govt. to have control rather than untrustworthy foreign govts. Recent developments have shattered even that impression.

Yes, this is the thing that worries me the most. It may very well be the beginning of the end of the "multi-stakeholder model" of internet governance. There's no one left with any kind of moral high ground to fight off these attempts.

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