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Fortunately, the same thing won’t be happening in the U.S. because congressmen are pushing for laws against file sharing networks claiming that file sharing is a national security threat. Why? Because, just as in the Japanese example, government employees, violating strict policies against the use of P2P software, installed it anyway and made confidential files available. Now, while I’m sure this would never happen in the UK (the government, for example, instituted a strict policy that the 330,000 people with access to the Children’s Index shouldn’t log on in internet cafes) there are still some lessons to be learned. TechDirt explains the origin of the proposed U.S. regulation: basically, because some government employees were stupid and didn’t obey rules, this has translated in politicians minds into “file sharing system providers must be punished”. Amusingly, to me anyway, one of the congressmen (Rep. Jim Cooper) accused Limewire’s CEO of being naive (amusing, since Cooper doesn’t appear to understand what he’s talking about) and claiming that Limewire provided the “skeleton keys” to accessing material that harms national security. If that’s true, then so are Google, Dell and AT&T. This is yet another case where politicians want to regulate a technology they don’t understand with potentially very bad consequences: the world of identity is not exempt.
These opinions are my own (I think) and are presented solely in my capacity as an interested member of the general public [posted with ecto]