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[liberationtech] Appelbaum's Ultrasurf report

Walid AL-SAQAF <alkasir admin> admin at
Tue Apr 17 16:19:46 PDT 2012

Hi Jacob,

I'm glad that you sense a sincerity on my behalf towards openness. In this
case, I can share what I wish to do. As the source code requires some
cleaning up and commenting as well as documenting how the program works, it
will take a while. So I would like to express to you and all those on the
list of my commitment to having an open attitude towards my work. After
all, it is all part of research and learning.

In the meantime, I'll start with writing the documentation and share it in
a PDF file here on the list. It may take several weeks. But you'll
eventually get it.

That would be a first step followed by cleaning up the code and adding
comments as well as hopefully taking comments to the actual algorithms into

I have nothing to hide and am glad to have this community with a kind
attitude to help others.




Walid Al-Saqaf
Founder & Administrator
alkasir for mapping and circumventing cyber censorship < at>

On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 8:13 PM, Jacob Appelbaum <jacob at>wrote:

> On 04/17/2012 07:01 PM, Walid AL-SAQAF <alkasir admin> wrote:
> > Hi Jake,
> >
> > Thanks for your positive reaction. I'm  all for openness and
> transparency.
> > Let's discuss privately on how to move forward.
> Hi Walid,
> I'm actually quite open to a private discussion but I wonder if you'd
> humor me? I'd like to show everyone how these things can be done openly
> and honestly - without any he-said, she-said nonsense or mudslinging.
> I'd encourage you to set the example by writing a post here that
> explains your ideas, your threat model, your designs, your
> implementation and so on. It would be a great discussion, I'd bet and I
> think we'd all be able to contribute in some way.
> If nothing else, I think we can show that openness is possible and that
> we can all work together, without special cliques or anything of that
> nature. All of us together will have great insights, certainly more than
> me alone, I promise. :)
> So just to say it - thanks for proposing that you'd even discuss your
> system and be open to third party review - that's a really good first
> sign and frankly, friendly, a welcome attitude!
> All the best,
> Jake
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