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The Future of the Internet: Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard at ITU World Bangkok 2013 (by Gerd Leonhard)

"Here’s the thing: even without government data collection worries, everyday business people are much more concerned about the security and privacy of their data. A vendor that can offer them an easy to use way to lock up that information and transport it to a cloud has a huge market opportunity ahead. Tresorit has the cryptography talent to make a go of it, and that’s why it was selected as one of GigaOM’s ten Launchpad finalists — out of nearly 90 candidates."

Tresorit takes on PRISM-provoked worries with encrypted cloud storage

"Second, last year, Google changed its privacy policy so now it can cross-reference data across all of its services. This prompted some class-action lawsuits. If Google can tie together what it knows about you from your email and calendar, the directions you get from Google Maps, and so on, then you might as well just use Google Now and forget you ever had any privacy at all."

Is Gmail secure enough for my private emails?

"The recent revelations about the extent to which the National Security Agency (NSA) and other U.S. law enforcement and national security agencies have used provisions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and USA PATRIOT Act to obtain electronic data from third-parties will likely have an immediate and lasting impact on the competitiveness of the U.S. cloud computing industry if foreign customers decide the risks of storing data with a U.S. company outweigh the benefit,” stated an article by ITIF."

The Biggest Threat to Cloud Computing? The U.S. Government | Cloud Computing Services and Business Solutions content from The VAR Guy

"Yet that’s a real possibility. For the last few years, the FBI’s been warning that its surveillance capabilities are “going dark,” because internet communications technologies — including devices that connect to the internet — are getting too difficult to intercept with current law enforcement tools. So the FBI wants a more wiretap-friendly internet, and legislation to mandate it will likely be proposed this year."

The FBI Needs Hackers, Not Backdoors | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

"There’s the rub. Currently, there’s no law stopping companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google from introducing such security changes or forcing them to build in backdoors. Why would Apple want its users migrating to cross-platform, anti-snooping messaging apps like Hemlis (by the founders of The Pirate Bay)? Especially when the company could push itself out of the surveillance business with its own technical tweaks before federal regulations force them to become key players in warrant execution."

Tech Companies and Government May Soon Go to War Over Surveillance | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

"As an example of how companies are or can fight back, Gray says Apple could update its software to show iOS users that Big Brother (presumably with a warrant) is watching their communications. It would, as he says, “set off alarm bells.”"

Tech companies vs. the government over NSA spying | SiliconBeat