Robert Samuelson’s view confirms the fact that ‘cyber security’ is an oxymoron (America’s Dangerous Internet Delusion” Washington Post 5-22-17). The fact is all technologies are a “double edged sword”. The concept of dual use technology has been around since the invention of fire. Our greatest risk may be from bio technology which shares many of the same characterizes as cyber. There is a solution. A solution that we are in greater denial about, even though sages and profits of been promoting it for thousands of years – the ideal of justice.
Given the trillions of vital systems and structures inside and outside our bodies that we depend on every second of every day for our safety and survival, the very concept of security itself is an problematic. But ‘justice for all’ is something that can greatly improve our chances – and with minimal loss of our freedoms (privacy, seeking comfort, ease of task, and prosperity).
We need a global justice system. ‘No justice, no peace’ is not just a slogan. It’s a fundamental essential to improving any hope of maximizing human security everywhere.
The dual use nature of all technology means security will never be achieved via disarmament (liberal view) or more armaments (conservative view). Perhaps it’s time to rid ourselves and our U.S. Constitution of the illusionary concept of ‘independence’. This is an illusionary concept that only exists in our minds and in our government policy. Our increasing dependence on cyber and other forms of powerful technology, all globally available, means our American ideal of putting human rights over states’ rights must include the whole world. Our persistent denial and refusal to institute this fundamental principle is the greatest threat to both our freedom and our security.