The world equation is changing with each country having to evaluate its own interests in the face of security challenges, cultural backgrounds etc. What seems an innocuous issue for some, assumes one of national security & concern for few. BlackBerry security concerns for India, Saudi Arabia & Indonesia & some others fall under this purview. This is a case of technology that can be misused to kill & further the evil agenda. After all, the Bali bombers carried out their nefarious attacks, triggering the bombs by activating the cell phones, killing hundreds. Also the Mumbai attackers outwitted security agencies through Blackberry. So there is no harm in assessing the potential for evil & getting on top of the technology involved, with all pitching-in to plug any loophole. It is a basic right of the countries involved to assess the products in terms of the damage they can cause by their misuse. Though some may cry foul at the lack of freedom & their right to secrecy, national security is paramount. Encrypted messages and texts can contain destructive intent & escape scrutiny; plain & simple!
The wider issue is once the poorer countries open the floodgates, they will find it difficult to close them later. The US initiated wide security measures across the globe after the deadly 911 event that others would have baulked at! The most powerful country could take the initiative & even benchmark them for the rest while the lesser countries will not have that privilege! The game rules changed after the US was dealt a severe blow; the same effect & changes to security issues across borders would never have occurred, had it happened in any other country.
The issue is basically one of different stages in development & the capacity to absorb the technologies. It would be too much to expect all countries to have the ability to assess & fool-proof their systems & respond to threats. One-size-fits-all is hardly fair in an unequal world. A severe shock like 911 will cripple countries & with more potent weapons of mass destructions falling into terrorists hands, each country has to address its own concerns than be worried over being left behind. The very same people, who object to their governments acting tough, will immediately switch sides in the event of any lapse in security resulting in acts of mass deaths & destructions.
The world has to address all issues as one, than each country being forced to protect its own turf. There are limits to technology as it cuts both ways; it can create as well as destruct more and more, with each passing day! What could be the fall-outs in the future by closing an eye, can never be fully foreseen, just like the messages being sent encrypted and beyond the scrutiny of security agencies, empowered to protect their countries.
The world is becoming a smaller oyster with the evil forces spread across, with their own agendas, ready to exploit any loopholes. Rather than brushing away the concerns as frivolous, it is in everyone’s interest to understand the issues raised by well meaning doubters of this technology, and unite as one; the good majority against the few evil-minded. The stakes are getting higher with technology getting exploited for destruction; every action has an equal & opposite reaction, holds true all the time!