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[liberationtech] CryptoParty in Tunis tomorrow (Saturday, 1st December)

Carolyn Anhalt carolyn at
Sun Dec 2 11:22:41 PST 2012

Hi Nadim & Katrin,

I had very little to do with this event and did not attend, however it
is my understanding that USAID required identification of unknown
attendees for the security of the Syrian activists involved, not the
Tunisians, due primarily to a prior event where there was an
unfortunate incident of infiltration and subsequent harassment of

Those who were actually involved and in attendance can give more details.

On Sun, Dec 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM, Nadim Kobeissi <nadim at> wrote:
> Hi Katrin,
> I don't mean to engage in "flame-throwing." I am trying to underline that a serious breach of proper security and privacy procedure was made at this Cryptoparty event. No matter the intentions, whether they are good or bad, this breach has occurred and as a result, Tunisian activists may now be in danger. They are in danger even if OpenITP/ISC carried this out with the most sincere of intentions.
> Carolyn and James:
> I have been told that USAID/ISC insisted that OpenITP gather identifying information on every attendee. I demand that OpenITP, or ISC or USAID, immediately publish a blog post clarifying:
> 1. Why this rule was established,
> 2. What information was collected,
> 3. How that information was collected,
> 4. How the authenticity of that information was verified,
> 5. Who suggested this rule,
> 6. Who enforced this rule,
> 7. Who currently holds the personal information of Tunisian activists.
> The identity and personal information of Tunisian activists is highly sensitive information, and having its collection done at the last minute as a barrier of entry to an activist training event is deeply questionable.
> Thank you,
> NK
> On 2012-12-02, at 8:48 PM, Katrin Verclas <katrin at> wrote:
>> First off, why all this flame-throwing, Nadim? Can you give the folks at OpenITP and ISC the benefit of the doubt and maybe ask, rather than always accuse and suspect bad intentions? Rubs a lot of people the wrong way, including me, since in the end, we are all in this together, n'est-ce pas?
>> That said, ISC needs to explain as well. I suspect this was a requirement by ISC rather than Open ITP. Copying the relevant players to explain what the story is.
>> On Dec 2, 2012 12:43 PM, "Nadim Kobeissi" <nadim at> wrote:
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