Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The technical competence of politicians

The technical competence of politicians.

I wonder when I read and hear some of the arguments that politicians and world leaders make when it comes to technological matters related to security. I think that it is safe to say that they are not experts in this field and have to rely on those that are. However, there are those that are supposed to be these experts and are the key people in agencies such as GCHQ and the NSA who when interviewed show a similar lack of understanding of what capabilities the security services have and what they would like to be able to do.

This phenomenon is  not restricted to any one particular country or administration. In my case it is the governments of the UK and the US that are of primary interest. However I am also interested in what the Steven Harper government are suggesting that will keep the Canadian population and businesses safe from cyber criminals. This is minor to the pronouncements from the likes of David Cameron, Teressa May and those that claim to speak for the NSA and GCHQ.

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