John S. Quarterman, long time Internet denizen, wrote one of the
seminal books about networking prior to the commercialization of the
Internet. He co-founded the first Internet consulting firm in Texas
(TIC) in 1986, and co-founded one of the first ISPs in Austin
(Zilker Internet Park, since sold to Jump Point). He was a founder
of TISPA, the Texas ISP Association.
Quarterman was born and raised
in Lowndes County, where he married his wife Gretchen. They live on
the same land where he grew up, and
participate in local community
WWALS is an advocacy organization working for watershed conservation
of the Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Little River
Systems watershed in south Georgia and north Florida through
awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen advocacy.
Many of you are concerned as am I about our friend who
has been hauled into court in London and unfairly
maligned for the “crime” of distributing some government
communications that he got from an anonymous source.
I know our friend also has been a bit playful out of wedlock,
and even had a son that way, but I don’t see what that
has to do with the matter at hand.
Into what companies will the fabricator of this iniquity hereafter go with
an unembarrassed face, or with any semblance of the honest intrepidity
Men will watch him with a jealous eye &em; they will hide their papers from him,
and lock up their escritoires.
Having hitherto aspired after fame by his writings,
he will henceforth esteem it a libel to be called
a man of letters…
If privacy and security really were a zero-sum game, we would have seen mass im
migration into the former East Germany and modern-day China. While it’s true th
at police states like those have less street crime, no one argues that their ci
tizens are fundamentally more secure.
We’ve been told we have to trade off security and privacy so often — in debate
s on security versus privacy, writing contests, polls, reasoned essays and poli
tical rhetoric — that most of us don’t even question the fundamental dichotomy
But it’s a false one.
Security and privacy are not opposite ends of a seesaw; you don’t have to accep
t less of one to get more of the other. Think of a door lock, a burglar alarm a
nd a tall fence.
The debate isn’t security versus privacy. It’s liberty versus control.
You can see it in comments by government officials: “Privacy no longer can mean
anonymity,” says Donald Kerr, principal deputy director of national intelligen
ce. “Instead, it should mean that government and businesses properly safeguard
people’s private communications and financial information.” Did you catch that?
You’re expected to give up control of your privacy to others, who — presumabl
y — get to decide how much of it you deserve. That’s what loss of liberty look
That doesn’t stop governmental entities from using them
even in the grossest cases:
Sec. 5. For those persons whose property and interests in property are
blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence
in the United States, I find that, because of the ability to transfer
funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of
measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render these measures
ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective
in addressing the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303
and expanded in Executive Order 13315, there need be no prior notice of
a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1(a) of this order.
Sec. 8. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right, benefit, or privilege, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, instrumentalities, or entities, its officers or employees, or any other person.