Although it's been a week heavy on Obamacare, we're going to (mostly) look forward this week, to the upcoming budget battles. Because buried in the Obamacare stories this week was one very important bit of news.
Lawrence Lessig, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, explains how our government -- given all the ways it can spy on us -- should just as determinedly use modern technology and technologists to protect our liberties.
Cell phones are easy to tap, as are centralized Internet communications such as Facebook or email messages. But peer-to-peer communication -- think Skype -- poses a problem to the FBI's electronic eavesdroppers.
The FBI wants to roll back government regulations on encryption in order to be able to wiretap more easily. But our real security problem doesn't lies in law enforcement's inability to read the on-line communications of criminals.