Kerry: Internet makes governing hard

US Secretary of State John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said “the Internet” and the ability of people to “communicate instantaneously” make “it much harder to govern.”

Speaking at a gathering of Sate Department employees at the US embassy in Brasilia, Brazil, Kerry said Tuesday that “this little thing called the Internet and the ability of people everywhere to communicate instantaneously” have made it difficult to govern.

The remarks were made by Kerry as the US government has recently been the target of a barrage of criticisms from civil liberties advocates for its spying on Internet communications of people around the world.

Documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden show the US spy agency has been tracking the use of US-based web servers by all people across the globe.

Several other documents revealed by Snowden blew the lid on other spying programs run by the US government including one for gathering US phone records.

Last week, the New York Times shed more light on the extent of US spying programs, reporting that the NSA is sieving through the contents of Americans’ e-mail and text communications into and out of the country in search for citizens who mention information about foreigners under surveillance.

Moreover, former NSA director Gen. Michael Hayden indicated on Sunday that the US spying practices will get worse as the NSA would want to use its databases in more aggressive ways.

Hayden told CBS News that the NSA would want to use an advanced algorithm to sieve through the vast amount of data it had collected on the American people. Such an algorithm would enable NSA operatives, for example, to read the email of every American citizen.

By Press TV

 

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