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Regulators Are Back At It…Again

Those that follow me on Twitter may have noticed that I have been on vacation, glorious vacation, for the last week. Walking back into the office Wednesday morning to the typical conversations you have after a vacation of theme parks and wine tasting, one would expect a normal day of catching up with e-mail and coworkers, reminiscing about any fun that had been had in my absence ,Aei both in and out of the office. Unfortunately, my return to the office was a bit spoiled by the fact that there were two US Senate subcommittee hearings regarding network security and what government agencies might require to ,Aeuensure safety.,Aeu
Following along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation,Aeos live tweeting handle, which managed to get in some snide commentary during the procedures, there was one specific point that continually came up in the conversation ,Aei why is it those that don,Aeot know how technology works are the ones responsible for governing it?
At various points during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, FBI Director James Comey made statements that reflected his ignorance regarding the difficulty, if not impossibility, of opening a secure and encrypted back door in software solutions to provide law enforcement with the way to access the information within.
As digital crime becomes continually more common place, why is the person leading the defense of the populous so uninformed about how things actually work? Not only that, why is he also not listening to the computer security experts as they explain that the desire for an encrypted and secure back door is not possible?
Technology, while integrated into practically every aspect of our daily lives, is still so new that those writing the regulations over it still have little to no understanding as to how it actually works. If one doesn,Aeot understand something, how can they then write regulations to protect its innovation, development, and users?
It,Aeos a complex issue to create rules or laws that will protect the users as well as those developing the technology. Hindering one in some way will inevitably affect the other, no matter how long the time line might be. Finding those that work directly with, or have a practical understanding of, the technology itself willing to move over to the regulatory segment is a rare occurrence.
So if those with the in depth understanding of the technology are preoccupied with actually creating and developing new and innovative products, the end users, of which we can likely include government officials, are still trying to gain the best possible grasp of the technology as it applies to them and their daily lives, how can we expect the regulations being created to actually work for all those that could be affected?
While I worked as a trainer, I always believed that the best way to get people interested in a particular solution or way of doing things was to promote better understanding. Is there a trainer out there that can begin by providing a common language understanding to those that continue to try to regulate technology for the masses?

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