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[liberationtech] New testing and disclosure policy
bram.cohen at yahoo.com
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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