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The Informed Comment blog recently discussed the cancelled visit to Washington, DC by the Brazilian President due to the massive NSA government surveillance activity. Also in response the surveillance, the Brazilian government is considering hosting its own Internet-connected servers so its citizens can avoid the surveillance programs. The Informed Comment blog highlighted the dangers of this:

"The internet works because each node or connection point is equidistant from all other nodes or connection points. If national bottlenecks are created, it could destroy net neutrality and interfere with international searching and communication. By being greedy for big global data, the NSA may have killed the goose that lays the golden egg.At the same time, knowledge of NSA tactics encourages other governments also to put their populations under intensive electronic surveillance..."

If other countries do the same as Brazil, it will indeed kill the Internet.


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