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Internet Surveillance: Building Our Own Trojan Horse
From its requirement that surveillance capabilities be built into VoIP communications systems to its expansion of warrantless wiretapping into any communications of which one end is "reasonably believed" to be located outside the United States, the U.S. federal government is slowly but steadily extending wiretapping capabilities onto the Internet. This effort is made in the name of national security, but building architected security breaches into a communications network carries real risks. In a world that includes al-Qaeda and Hurricane Katrina, does this increased wiretapping capability make us safer? We will examine what real security needs are in a post-9/11 world.
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