A proposed solution towards better IT security

Through OpenCanada.org:

A trusted neutral party should identify and promote more secure and private alternatives of the various technologies and services we use. For instance, they could be given grades from an A to F. The Canadian government could do this evaluation, like it does for food safety, or it could be a civil society organization.

This is particularly important for mobile phones, since they are the chief means of Internet connectivity in repressive countries and conflict zones. So to improve the security of activists, the Canadian government or another trusted body should establish a testing lab which publicly grades mobile phones based on their relative security level.

I’d like to see some such idea paired with testing and certification systems which evaluate IT security down to the nano level. Whether this can be done on a strictly for-profit basis is not clear, but it could lead to other things (other opportunities may be produced in the meantime).

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