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[liberationtech] New testing and disclosure policy

Bram Cohen bram.cohen at
Mon Sep 13 16:35:26 PDT 2010

> If and when we  resume testing, we will create a regular, formalized

> notice, sent to each  tester manually and embedded in the test program
> itself, that informs each  tester (in his or her native language) of 1)
> the program’s status as an  incomplete prototype, 2) the legal and
> extralegal consequences he or she may  face if found using the program,
> and 3) the program’s unsuitability for  sensitive information. We will
> also solicit community feedback on the precise  message we use.

It isn't clear from the wording above whether you've come to understand this, 
but it's very important that early adopters of an anticensorship tool be 
specifically NOT people who are actually getting censored. For them to adopt it 
at that point puts them in considerable risk.

Jake demonstrated that Haystack was still up last night for me as well, and I 
directly observed a number of problems with Haystack which make it entirely 
possible, if not likely, that all the IPs of everyone who's ever used Haystack 
have already been gathered by iranian intelligence. In the interests of not 
endangering users any more I'm not going to give further details right now, but 
the short of it is that the haystack network should remain down, and everyone 
should refrain from so much as trying to run the haystack software, even though 
it won't work.


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