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[liberationtech] Please welcome Cuba bloggers...

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Sat Apr 16 16:29:36 PDT 2011


Hi Robert,

I appreciate your concern, but here are a few things to keep in mind:

1) Liberationtech is a public list, so anyone can join.  To the extent that
agents of repressive regimes are interested in "infiltrating" the list, they
can already do so.
2) Members may always choose to forward list emails to others. We can't
control that.
3) Even if the list were private, the Majordomo mailman technology isn't
secure (see http://www.greatcircle.com/majordomo/OLD/majordomo.CERT-Advisory).
 Thus, as is the case in most places online, we cannot provide security
assurances to list members.

We already tell activists who choose to join the list to take the necessary
precautions they take elsewhere.  In fact, we even encourage them to use
anonymous (or fake) email addresses, if they feel more comfortable doing so.

Best,

Yosem



On Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 3:56 PM, Robert Guerra <lists at privaterra.org> wrote:

>
> I would ask that the list take into consideration research by OpenNet, The
> Information Warfare Project, and Freedom House that indicates that in many
> non-democratic regimes bloggers are paid to represent and promote a pro-govt
> agenda and view.
>
> I would recommend that a variety of voices - both from inside and outside
> the repressive countries be sought and invited to this list. Otherwise,
> we'll have people on here who are well known govt agents who might have
> threatened, intimidated and lead people to have been arrested or worse.
>
> Having open discussion about "liberation technologies" with those who
> support repression, well, will make it unsafe for many ...
>
> Something to keep in mind.
>
> regards
>
> Robert
>
>
>
> On Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 9:05 PM, Yosem Companys <companys at stanford.edu>wrote:
>
>> Hi All,
>>
>> Some Cuba bloggers have joined our mailing list.  Please welcome them.
>>  Here's a post they want to share with you:
>>
>>
>> http://www.yohandry.com/index.php/component/content/article/57-yohandry/284-decision-por-la-qcosaq
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> Yosem
>>
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