Dear Mr Dizitian,
I have recently read your article “Time to Go Nuclear Against Anti-Internet Privacy Laws” and as an avid internet user, I really hate the government in making such a decision. What I browse online should be kept for myself and myself only and I do agree that at this very moment the only thing to opt out of the harvesting is to not get internet. But literally every millennial is unable to survive life without access to internet. And don’t get me wrong, I don’t want my ISPs selling my information as much as the next guy, even if I only use it for news, YouTube and games, but I believe that the way to combat the system that was suggested in the article is not a highly logical solution to the problem. Firstly, I got to give you credit to actually taking matters into your own hands and try to unite the community against the ISPs and the government. A ton of people will ignore such a problem because they think their ISPs will not sell their data but in fact they are wrong. Anyways, the first solution the article provides is going nuclear against the ISP, which suggest that we should just give a ton of trash information to the ISPs and backlogging their servers. The only problem I would find with that is that you are going to need a lot people, and I mean A LOT of people for this to work. Yes, you did suggest some kind of algorithms and devices to be developed on a USB that can act like a mouse. That kind of hardware can in fact make ISPs receive a ton of junk that they won’t be able to sell but I find two flaws with that problem; 1) I would find people to mistrust $5 USB or any kind of hardware that can potentially screw someone’s computer up. There will be a few that will take advantage of making a profit implementing viruses and destroying computers while disguised as a fake data generator; 2) This article can be easily accessed online, very much accessed by the ISPs as they can view the browsing history of the readers, can make this tactic to be easily seen by ISPs as a threat. As I mentioned before, there has to be an extreme amount of dedication and support for this to happen because flooding ISPs servers with junk data will take years to actually affect them. What we need is a quicker solution that will take into effect as soon as possible. The second method that is suggested in the article is to “opt-in” to services where companies pay users for their real information. This actually sounds like a good idea. People will still have their privacy and they can choose whether or not to give out their real information to companies that pay them to do so (the keyword is pay because if companies don’t pay them for information, it can be as a violation to privacy). I agree with this solution. This lets people choose what they can do with their online information. I believe this is a safer gateway than to let ISP’s use that information and leech off of us, the consumers, out of more money that we already pay them for. And in the plus side, consumers will receive that money and in turn give details to the companies for their analytics. What really bugs me with this is proposal is that we currently are not in this situation. President Trump has already signed this into law and we should be focusing in trying to bring that law down. Lastly, what I would do to bring down the privacy law is written in your conclusion and call-to-action. By spreading the word out through other mediums than just a blog post or article, we can make more people aware over this topic. I didn’t know about this bill that was about to become law until I saw two YouTube videos by two well-known creators on the site, Ethan Klein from h3h3productions and Philip DeFranco. These two called upon the viewers to act and call their district representatives to make sure this bill does not become law. I didn’t personally call my representative because I seek no interest in speaking with a republican representative, but I’m pretty sure a ton of people did actually call their representatives because of those two creators influence. Unfortunately, money laundering and the conservative views toward the bill was enough to void the effort and the bill became law. What we can do right now is to just make this law more aware to people who are not aware of it. Then from there we can take it a step further and challenge government to remove the law. That is all. I would like to thank you for reading this letter to you and I hope you have a fantastic day.
Sincerely, Mr. Patino