Woz Likens PRISM and Cloud Services To Russian Communism
Not so the other day in the airport. FayerWayerTV snagged some one-on-one time with Woz as he was waiting for his flight, and the topic of conversation turned to the NSA’s PRISM spying program as well as cloud services.
He also likened cloud services to the same lack of ownership that marked Russia under communist rule, saying that “In the digital world, you can hardly own anything anymore.” He noted that you don’t own anything you put in the cloud, which is true; it all rests on some company’s servers somewhere, and we’re merely allowed to access it. “When we grew up, ownership was what made America different than Russia,” he added.
It’s rather jarring to hear a guy like Woz paint such a dark picture of the United States, as well as the current state of technology, but it’s hard to argue with his assessment. Are there really CIA workers sitting in front of terminals that can dial up information on anyone? Are most of the major tech companies in the world giving away our information to the government? Has Microsoft been letting the government have access to recorded Skype VoIP streams?
Isn’t it troubling that we even have to ask these awful questions?