Friday, September 20, 2013

Creating A New World Order on the Internet - SAC5

It was a dark day in Internet history to which the world woke up when The Guardian published Snowden's disclosures about NSA's Prism program. Then over the next few days we read how the US Government unleashed it's wrath, using 'all the king's horses and all the king's men' to get to him in Hong Kong. Since then, the story has taken many twists and turns, bringing grief and embarrassment to the US establishment as every new disclosure peels of the layers of the prism program and reveals the depth (and extent) of surveillance carried out globally. 

As it has turned out - there is no safe harbor, nothing is sacred and no one can be believed. It is akin to the world known to spies during the cold war when the world was fractured into the western world and the communist camp. 

In those times of strife a few nations rose above the demands of the powers that be to ally with them and formed the Non Aligned Movement (NAM). This eventually morphed into regional movements driven by social and commercial motives. 

Now, we been brought to the cusp of another era of global strife and mistrust with the US program that has been spying on, practically, human being on the planet. Against this power center is China which has created exceptional capability and capacity in all things cyber - offensive, defensive, proactive and preventive. The third player is Russia with it's underground players who are also very nationalist, as was proven during the known cyberwarfare attacks on Georgia and Estonia.  

Whether a country is aligned to any of these three global players is of no consequence whatsoever because, as per the disclosures, even if you are actively participating and contributing to the Prism program, you will continue to be monitored and spied upon.

So,maybe the world order needs change and the 'weak' nations need to come together to form their own support and power club. India can lead this movement, in the same way as having led the NAM many years earlier by forming a South Asian Cybersecurity Capability and Capacity Cooperation Council (SAC5). 

The South Asian Council can comprise neighboring countries, Middle Eastern and African countries with India leading the way. Collectively, these countries can share information, develop joint capabilities, conduct skill enhancement training and form a central response or early warning cell. 

Brazil has put out the clarion call for an Independent Internet and slowly and steadily the backlash against US (and Allies) resources will gather momentum like a tsunami. The Prism - NSA disclosure has implicated US corporations like Google, Microsoft, Facebook etc and resistance is bound to rise in time. says - let's break away from the Internet ! The Brazilians have also protested strongly to the US and this has led to a long phone call between the two presidents. 
So is it time for the world to polarized again and, worse, for the internet to publicly lose it's independence and be branded as a tool of American hegemony. 

The movement to break away from dominance of a few countries on the internet has been shouted out. If the South Asian countries ally and form a Council it will be another power center which will be an effective foil to any type of actions to take over this critical medium. 

As I have said earlier this is a new and different dimension and has to be understood and accepted in a different light. Mankind co-exists with the dimensions of water, air and has to learn to live with ether - better early...  before this dimension is destroyed by mankind itself. 

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