Tag Archives: Surveillance

Advocate Ryan Hagemann quoted in The Intercept on cybersecurity

Advocate Ryan Hagemann was quoted in The Intercept, where he commented on the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.

“We certainly would have liked more time to bring this issue to the attention of libertarians and conservatives. Unfortunately, the way the final bill was conferenced — keeping Chairman McCaul out of any substantive discussions and disregarding many of his concerns around the reconciliation process — moved it quicker than we anticipated,” wrote Ryan Hagemann of the Niskanen Center in an email to The Intercept.

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The Investigatory Powers Bill won’t make us safer

For centuries, western civilization has been admired for its democratic institutions and general respect for civil rights—and rightfully so. Western powers have cherished human rights by ensuring that the governments both honor and protect essential liberties.

But in the wake of the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris, many of these virtues are being questioned, and may soon be abandoned. The right to privacy, in particular, is being cast aside by leading lawmakers,  ostensibly in the name of security. In other words, core western principles are being jettisoned simply out of fear. This is a vital mistake.

Politically motivated and shortsighted measures, like the Investigatory Powers Bill in the U.K. and the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act in the U.S., are counterproductive to the foundational ideals of western democracy, and will make us less free and less safe.

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