Various Republican candidates build their campaigns around fear of government. But a new Pew Internet report on online security says we're more afraid of private profiteers and each other:
“Users clearly want the option of being anonymous online and increasingly worry that this is not possible,” said Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and an author of a report on the survey findings. “Their concerns apply to an entire ecosystem of surveillance. In fact, they are more intent on trying to mask their personal information from hackers, advertisers, friends and family members than they are trying to avoid observation by the government” [Lee Rainie, Sara Kiesler, Ruogu Kang, and Mary Madden, "Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online," Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013.09.05].
I don't like the government reading my emails or sifting my Facebook messages, but think about this: what would cause you more trouble, the President Obama or the IRS Commissioner reading the texts you sent yesterday... or your boss, your banker, your brother, or your boyfriend?