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[liberationtech] On the technical and legal aspects of security, transparency, and audibility of the NSA surveillance data.

Jae Kwon jkwon.work at gmail.com
Sun Jun 30 15:26:10 PDT 2013


I meant to link to
http://www.informatik.uni-freiburg.de/~accorsi/papers/imf09.pdf beside
"immutable audit".


On Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 3:16 PM, Jae Kwon <jkwon.work at gmail.com> wrote:

> There is debate about whether the NSA's PRISM program is related to
> Palantir's products.
>
>
> http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/06/23/1218189/-HBGary-Palantir-Prism-Facebook-The-Industrial-Surveillance-Complex
>
> Whether they are related or not, it seems that the government's claims of
> transparency and audibility of the NSA's PRISM program is related (perhaps
> directly) to the claims of Palantir's. Search for "immutable auditing"
> below:
>
>
> http://www.palantir.com/wp-content/static/pg-analysis-blog/2009/07/Privacy-and-Civil-Liberties-are-in-Palantirs-DNA.pdf
>
> It seems that even professor Lessig has bought into their marketing.
>
> http://lessig.tumblr.com/post/54268127504/on-the-freedom-to-speak
>
> (Palantir's product is the kind of thing that prof Lessig had always
> wanted, as you can read in his book "Code: and Other Laws of Cyberspce". In
> trying to strike a "balance" between copyright and privacy, prof Lessig
> proposes solutions that fail to prevent blanket government surveillance.)
>
> We need to scrutinize these technically incredible claims. I wager that
> for any given system that touts immutable audibility, there is a way to
> hack around it. As long as the NSA can tap the wires and record information
> in vast databases for cold storage, we are absolutely in risk.
>
> Technical/legal concepts that need to be scrutinized:
>
> * immutable audit log (see http://www.std.com/~cme/non-repudiation.htm)
> * non-repudiation
> * chain of custody
>
>  - JaeKwon
>
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