Travelling to the UK for the first time in many years I encountered public policy – as regards the internet security.
Typical public wifi acess points (where occasionally available) require identification – of email address or mobile phone number. That is, one probably commits a fraud by using anonymous identification. This is not disclosed and is one of thoze american style hangem via a 1000 formal violations pre-arrangements (for when and ever if there be a need or desire to exert pressure, during interrogation). In public policy terms, one notes the design style: load the dice.
On the last day, just before travel, suddently corporate email ceases to work. The point is to isolate, of course: in prep for isolation and the planned delivery of emotional distress. One notes the design style: plan for isolation (so the loaded die have more value).
Despite being a united partner, lufthansa could not emit boarding passes for all legs (unlike the us outbound). This surprised the agent – used of course to normal practice (and having good intuition on what induces variance). One notes the design style: isolate on non-us soil (invoking guantanamo logic) using compliant proxy agents (Germany).
Harassement takes many forms: so ensure that concerning money, lack of money will imply lack of standing. Of course too much cash will mean something else (equally disadvatageous). Cash is not always cash of course as i found out (since my English notes turned out to be no longer “valid tender”). Note the public policy: force electronic money (subject to monitoring).
Now to be fair (not that the sentiment can be expected in return) all the policy goals have sensible intent – in preparation for the 0.0001%). Tax dodging, money laudering of cash for drugs, and surprise: to maximise interrogation advantage (ie find where the damn bomb is located, before it goes off).but what we note is the preparation – applying all the techniques to everyone. And that aint to be anti-discriminatory! Its there to address subversion.
Now also interesting where deception based attacks on Internet encryption were mounted. Phones (vs tablets with wifi-only capability) do not show the issuer of the cert and do not show the ciohersuite in effect. It could be a firewall-issued cert (spoofing the true website by https proxying) and a null ciphersuite for all you know. Remember, both enable cleartext reading of the packets (in real time). It was interesting to experiment in various wifi worlds on which https sites in the us worked or which worked with what type of warnings. One notes the public policy; Internet encryption is there to make you feel good, not enforce any privacy rights (that you probably don’t have to start with, and will be suspended in any case upon mere utterance of the certain magic spell; public safety!
Using an american issued device in europe was also revealing. Some sites (inckuding googlz uj relay site) could detect which kindle device i was using and refuse to complete login for “unrecognized” devices. This did not interfere with web browsing note; but did interfere with any and all subscriptions (that hinged on a Google websso assertion). Of Course google.com was a front for google.co.uk, and i never found a means to bypass uk national controls (built into googles cloud). Dns, Certs and redirects thru https connect proxies had all been well massaged to present the illusion of a global web – that is not actually a web of national webs. Of course the public policy is to distinguish the web from nationalky regulated sites (able to withstand better web attacks, having access to higher assurance security credentials). But look at the elaborate deception, coordinated behind the scenes with other governments and the multinational clouds and the identity Providers!
My us subscription to netflix content worked – in the sense that i had now access to uk-licensex cobtent. Presumably, for copyright and censorship reasons, not all us works can be made available to uk subscribers. Things like uk censor ratings might be missing, for example. But it did work. So where is the history of my viewing habits now stored, ready for analysis? Is it in the uk, us, or half and half? Yes i assume i have no expectation of privacy in either place, even should my packets be tagged with notices asserting my expectations. Behaviour based analysis has to be the new public policy norm, one notes, much like the surveillance of ones habits at the public library.
To be fair, nothing in the above was particularly hindering, annoying or even unnatural. When in england, id rather netflix be giving me a change of scenery. Id be happier that netflix.com be a synonym for netflix.co.uk (when accessed from ip addresses in uk-registered isp address allocations). But not always is it so! Of course, i have no choice.
Now im not going to bother bemoaning the phone roaming, the data plan policies or similar. Of course they are spying on me, and of course my location and video and mic are controllable remotely. Its the public phone system, stupid (and nothing has changed public policy wise in a hundred jahr.)
Uk updates of firmware onto the kindles were interesting, too. Different packages were installed. Uk bugging-prep capability was not installed onto the non-euro-distributed kindles. This affected how the different installs of the skype app worked note, built to leverage the different (now bugged/buggable/buggered(?)) platforms. Of course, public policy protects the vendors who knowingly participate in the charade, allowing them to claim they know of no vulnerabilities in their software (as tested on an unreal platform).
So where does this leave the typical uk consumer?
Well, i struggle to deny id do much different – given the nature of the subversive-trained nutter on the bus trying to make a large explosion as it wanders through trafalger square, right infront of a live broadcast. But, i also see a uk failing; why not own up (rather than engage in multi level deception of your own public). This is a failing of oublic policy: cromwells spies being preferred over policy modernization.
Do folks really believe that anti anti-subversion orientation doesn’t include briefings on all the above!