A bit late, but one more observation about the New York Times editorial calling for cyber arms control. In their words, “the best way forward [to reduce cyber threats] is to accelerate international efforts to negotiate limits on the cyberarms race,” in much the same way that we did with the nuclear arms control treaties of the Cold War.
Two weeks ago, the famous economist Larry Summers sat in a chair on a stage at the National Press Club, talked with several other smart people for an hour and briefly upended a major debate in economics.
When I was a Special Assistant to FDA Commissioner Frank Young in the 1980’s, a woman approached me after she had heard him speak at a public lecture about the importance of regulation. She told me how much she appreciated his diligence and passion about government oversight because, “My entire family and I are allergic to all known chemicals.”
Last week, Ben’s NSA Constitution Day speech emerged after a long “declassification” process. One puzzle Ben grapples with in this speech is why reasonable, educated Americans have–and will continue to have–such a high level of discomfort with what the NSA and other intelligence agencies do.