Brazil's radical move against the NSA

Brazil's radical move against the NSA

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Birgitta Jonsdottir

Matawan, NJ

#1 Sep 19, 2013
Brazil's radical move against the NSA
by Birgitta Jónsdóttir
September 19, 2013 | 12:15PM ET
Commentary: The country's plan to wall off its Internet, though understandable, threatens to balkanize the Web
Brazil has initiated a bold plan to protect its citizens from U.S. National Security Agency surveillance by storing all Brazilian data locally and taking other steps to wall off the country's Internet from foreign interference. Although I doubt the proposal is feasible in itself, I endorse its message demanding changes in U.S. policy on mass spying.
The idea of fragmenting or partitioning the Internet might seem like the only solution guaranteed to protect citizens in different countries or continents from the totalitarian power of the NSA to record their every move. Brazil is the first country to introduce such a plan, but there have been discussions about similar moves within the European Union.

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