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[liberationtech] The Future of CPSR

Jacob Appelbaum jacob at appelbaum.net
Tue Jan 25 19:26:24 PST 2011


On 01/25/2011 06:44 PM, Chris Palmer wrote:
> I am a big CPSR fan --- I moderated a panel (poorly!) at the
> Technology In Wartime conference, which was a great conference.
> 
> One thing I'd love to see CPSR do is to take up its original mission
> once again: establish a professional ethic against the development of
> weapons. In the 1980s it was nuclear weapons and other physical
> weapons controlled by software; nowadays, the weapons themselves take
> the form of software: censorship systems, surveillance systems, and
> software to break into other people's computers to censor, surveil,
> and destroy them. (For a good set of sales demos by a prominent
> weapons dealer, see http://www.immunityinc.com/webex.shtml.) We've
> seen these weapons in action in Tunisia, China, Iran, the United
> Kingdom, and the United States --- and that's just recently.
> 

I'm entirely behind Chris on this one. I was a member of CPSR long ago
and I'd be a member again if this was the focus.

All the best,
Jacob



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