The promise of freedom offered by the internet a decade ago now looks laughable in an age of extremism, surveillance and manipulation. What went wrong?
What no one will say about today's national cybersecurity strategy ostensibly focused on defending ourselves against malicious online actors is that we are the worst of the lot.
The government's fascination with innovation is in marked contrast to its treatment of the internet -- and is it necessarily all good when we have a nimble bureaucracy?
Security agencies have a strategy to exploit terrorist attacks in order to attack encryption, and rapidly deployed it after the Paris attacks.
Data retention is central to the government's crackdown on filesharing -- illustrating how its war on the internet is driven by commercial interests.
The real reason for the push for data retention is the unhappiness of security agencies with the freedom the internet provides citizens, and the surveillance possibilities created by our embrace of that freedom.
The federal government appears to be preparing a major push against internet freedoms using the justifications of copyright and cyberbullying.
The panel appointed by Barack Obama to forestall criticism of the NSA's global surveillance has called for major change to intelligence collection and an end to some of the NSA's worst behaviours.
The reflexive embrace of secrecy by governments over internet surveillance corrodes trust right across society, and most of all towards governments themselves.