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[liberationtech] Blue Coat and Syria

Jillian York jyork at
Thu Oct 13 11:16:00 PDT 2011

Regulation that forces transparency (e.g., a licensing scheme) seems to be a
popular theme these days and frankly, I'm personally behind the idea.  When
we have export regulations preventing Syrians from getting access to basic
tools like Google Chrome and Java and unable to participate in Google Summer
of Code because "oops, someone might accidentally give them a t-shirt", but
those same Syrians are being hampered by American tools from Bluecoat,
something is terribly wrong.


On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 3:11 PM, <liberationtech at> wrote:

> On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 12:19:36AM -0400, jacob at wrote 2.1K
> bytes in 61 lines about:
> : The sale and support of surveillance equipment should be regulated like
> : firearms.
> Careful here. More bureaucracy is rarely the answer to a problem. More
> transparency is a fine first step. Who sold what to whom would be good
> to know now. Who supports whom would be good to know as well.
> Regulating firearms has done little to stop the global weapons trade, in
> fact it's just created a huge underground market that lacks
> transparency. At least this is what those who monitor this sort of thing
> tell me.
> This appears to be the same problem we have now with network
> surveillance and control equipment.
> --
> Andrew
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