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So the FCC has released its plans to eradicate Net Neutrality in the United States, on Thanksgiving, as it said it would. This, on its own, merits more discussion – for it is such a blatant display not just of bad faith, but bad faith that they fully expect to get away with.
I have seen this pattern twice before.
The first was when Sweden created its first mass surveillance program, FRA-lagen, somewhat equivalent to the NSA’s Patriot Act but worse, and the Ministry of Defense sent out the bill for comments over the Christmas and New Year holidays, when they knew full well nobody in the entire government would be at work to even open the mail. (As if by a miracle, the Security Police were awake enough during the holidays to actually read the several-hundred-page document, understand its implications, and then sounded the alarm to the community at large during the holidays.)
The bill was designed to allow wiretapping of any communication that happened to cross a country border of Sweden’s. But a phonecall from A to B isn’t routed that way; it’s routed on the currently cheapest circuit, which may well cross a country border. And as for privacy, there’s this thing called the “certainty principle”, meaning that you need to know when you have expectation of privacy and when you don’t; if a phonecall can be randomly wiretapped, regardless of probability, because of circumstances outside of your control such as routing, then by legal principle, all phonecalls are always considered wiretapped, as in “you don’t have expectation of privacy”. The same goes for any Internet traffic, any and all Internet traffic.
So egregious was the Swedish