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[liberationtech] Skype Open Letter: CALL FOR SIGNATORIES

Joseph Lorenzo Hall joe at
Wed Jan 16 12:05:55 PST 2013

(first post!)

While CDT can't sign[1], I wanted to ask a question. (Since we can't
sign on, I don't want you to feel like you have to answer!)

I was wondering: why the focus on Skype and MSFT?

If I were to answer my own question, I'd probably say the focus is
simply due to the wide usage base of Skype, its' relative usability and
the fact that it was at one time considered very e2e-secure.  However, I
wonder if this isn't more powerful as a more general open letter that
talks about the principles you note and what kinds of measures
(propreitary?) e2e communication technologies can take, using Skype as
an example.  Maybe another good answer is a letter has to have an
audience and making it more general might make it more of a
less-powerful statement than a directed letter with asks at the end.

best, Joe

[1] CDT rarely signs on to things.

On 1/16/13 11:58 AM, Nadim Kobeissi wrote:
> Dear Privacy Advocates and Internet Freedom Activists,
> I call on you to review the following draft for our Open Letter to Skype
> and present your name or the name of your organization as signatories:
> The letter will be released soon. Feedback is also welcome.
> Thank you,
> NK
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