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[liberationtech] eternity USENET (Re: Internet blackout)

Michael Rogers michael at briarproject.org
Fri Jun 21 08:56:24 PDT 2013


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On 17/06/13 14:12, Rich Kulawiec wrote:
> One more generic comment/observation: clearly, Usenet or a
> Usenet-ish mechanism will run on a smartphone.  But I'm not sure
> that's a good idea.  Given the existence of things like CarrierIQ,
> the propensity of repressive governments to strongarm (or take
> over) telcos, the geolocation capabilities of cellular providers,
> the extant research on re-identifying putatively de-identified
> data, the epidemic of smartphone malware (including in "app
> marketplaces"), etc., I've kinda arrived at the point where I think
> "no smartphones" is sound advice.

I agree - "no smartphones" is sound advice. "No phones" is even
better. But the problem is, nobody follows that advice. So we have to
be pragmatic. Given that billions of people own mobile phones, carry
them everywhere, and use them for communication they'd like to keep
confidential, what's the best incremental improvement we can make?

As a sofware developer, the best incremental improvement I can make is
to develop apps that are more secure than the ones people currently
use. That's only a small piece of a huge puzzle that spans software,
hardware, law, economics and politics, but it's the piece I can reach.

Cheers,
Michael

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