NSO Group Surveillance for SaleThe NSO Group has been shrouded in secrecy. It is allegedly a private firm that exports its services around the world. Although it is still unclear who buys these services, we can expect governments, shadow organizations, and elite individuals to be on the bankroll. It is imported to note that Israel’s Ministry of Defense has declined to comment on Amnesty’s lawsuit, likely because the government department works closely with the NSO Group. The NSO Group claims that it only sells its technology to law enforcement and intelligence agencies pursuing so-called ‘legitimate targets.’ It seems more likely that the NSO is selling its surveillance services and spyware to the highest bidder.
The Case for Decentralization is ClearThe flagrant illegality of the NSO Group’s services makes a clear case of why we need a decentralized internet. The NSO Group thrives off of the current centralized structure of our online world. With it, they can exploit single points of failure and use them as giveaways to access to our personal data. Perhaps you may think that the NSO Group is only targetting prominent individuals, so why should you care as a lowly everyday citizen? The truth is, surveillance is already occurring on a mass scale by large technology firms. Decentralization provides us with a clear fork in the road: we, as a society, need to either reclaim our privacy or we will continue to allow our internet to degrade. Do you believe the NSO Group will be held to justice? Why do you think this case is not getting much publicity? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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