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[liberationtech] New Twitter transparency report

Anthony Papillion anthony at cajuntechie.org
Wed Jul 31 13:10:42 PDT 2013


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On 07/31/2013 10:57 AM, Kyle Maxwell wrote:
> Now available at
> https://blog.twitter.com/2013/working-to-increase-transparency.
> 
> Interesting quote:
> 
> "An important conversation has begun about the extent to which 
> companies should be allowed to publish information regarding
> national security requests. We have joined forces with industry
> peers and civil liberty groups to insist that the United States
> government allow for increased transparency into these secret
> orders. We believe it’s important to be able to publish numbers of
> national security requests – including FISA disclosures –
> separately from non-secret requests. Unfortunately, we are still
> not able to include such metrics."

I find the limits on what metrics firms can publish interesting. I
understand not being able to publish the effected usernames but I'm
not sure I see any value with almost any other metrics. It just seems
like typical government overkill of 'keep everything we possibly can
about what we do from the public view". I've always failed to see how
that protects national security.

Personally, I wonder what would happen if firms banded together and
simply said 'screw it, we're publishing everything short of usernames
and investigation details"? If a majority of firms did this, how would
the government respond?

Best Regards,
Anthony Papillion

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