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[liberationtech] Skype Open Letter: CALL FOR SIGNATORIES

Joseph Lorenzo Hall joe at
Wed Jan 16 12:31:32 PST 2013

On Wed Jan 16 15:07:47 2013, Nadim Kobeissi wrote:
> I must admit that your asking this question as a CDT staffer is
> suspect; isn't CDT funded by Microsoft?

Yes, of course. We get something like 34% of our annual budget ([as of
2011][0]) from corporate contributions and MSFT certainly funds us
generally as well as for specific projects. CDT splits its' focus
between advocacy and promoting innovation because we think some of the
best things happen when that combined momentum exists.

The reason I ask this is more benign, I'd say: we expect the Obama
administration to put forward an [update to CALEA this year][1] that
sounds like it will impose backdoor obligations on secure communications
tools in the US. This is exceedingly concerning to us and it struck me
here that a more general focus of efforts like this will be very helpful
for efforts later this year.

best, Joe


Joseph Lorenzo Hall
Senior Staff Technologist
Center for Democracy & Technology
1634 I ST NW STE 1100
Washington DC 20006-4011
(p) 202-407-8825
(f) 202-637-0968
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