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[liberationtech] IGP Blog :: Technology as symbol: Is resistance to surveillance technology being misdirected?

Andre Rebentisch arebentisch at lxdesystems.com
Wed Dec 21 15:09:19 PST 2011


Am 21.12.2011 19:04, schrieb Katrin Verclas:
> Some interesting questions raised here about advocacy efforts re. surveillance tech. Main point: it's complicated and we need a more nuanced conversation about our collective advocacy goals.  
> 
> Brett, Eric, Jacob and all - discuss.. 
> 
> http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2011/12/20/4962713.html

"First, we need to stop pretending that a specific type of technology
and a few commercial vendors can be vested with responsibility for an
entire societal system of repression and control."

Another Milton Mueller: "You can only ban behaviors, i.e. specific uses,
not "capabilities.""

All this is, understood, 199x cyber-libertarian ideology, but has
nothing to do with tightening export controls crn consulting services
for surveillance and military capabilities of dictatorial regimes.

Ironically, Art 41 UN Charta provides for sanctions limiting
telecommunication while the current debate is centered around the exact
opposite.

--- A



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