Mark Zuckerberg picked up the phone the other day to complain to a contact in Washington, D.C. – President Barack O’Bama – on concerns he has over the U.S. Government’s surveillance of Internet traffic. The Facebook founder called the President in the same week that Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the web’s creator, called for people to protest against Internet surveillance and the security of electronic communications.
When it’s too easy for government to do something questionable (like intrude on electronic privacy), that needs to be aired and expressions of concern like these need to be taken seriously in and outside government. It used to be clear that tapping telephones without a court order was improper. The web now needs to be held in the same regard.