While government and industry around the world is busy passing and working to pass more and more internet and free speech hating spy laws, those who actually use and understand the internet and how it works are busy doing what they’ve always done. Evolving to get around the broken.
A new survey has revealed that young people are responding to tough legislation and increasing levels of online spying by investing in VPN services. The study, carried out by the Cybernorms research group at Sweden’s Lund University, found that when compared to figures from late 2009, 40% more 15 to 25-year-olds are now hiding their activities online.
Hilarious. Sad that it’s come to this, but still hilarious.
Surely lawmakers and lobbyists would argue that these results don’t mean much, likely after they finish asking what in hell a VPN is. They would be somewhat right of course, at least for now. The vast majority of internet users don’t know what a VPN or a proxy is, but there was once a time when the vast majority didn’t know what a Napster or a LimeWire was either, and that’s kind of what got us into some of this surveillance mess in the first place.