So, here we are to talk about this problem. How do we do it? How do we talk securely with people abroad? And in particular what can we do…what’s feasible to do, to progress matters from where we are today? And with the help of some of the members of the panel, I drafted the three questions.
First of all, let’s recognize that the privacy of transaction records is not a brand new issue at all. We have many decades of experience, and I think it helps to understand that we have two types of consumer transaction records that we’re talking about.
What we’ll be covering is just the general issue of political information on the net. And actually I think probably all three of us are in somewhat agreement that the government on the net is maybe the least best-poised to make use of this, or the most challenged by political speech on the net, the politics of the information flowing around the net.
It’s an historic moment. I think it’s very important that we look and we think about the kind of information society we would like to participate in and that we would like to create. And that to me is why this conference is so important. I think we need to not make assumptions but rather be critical of where we are as a society, be critical of what we are as individual professionals, as well as individual members of the society.