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[liberationtech] On the technical and legal aspects of security, transparency, and audibility of the NSA surveillance data.
jkwon.work at gmail.com
Sun Jun 30 15:26:10 PDT 2013
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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.
> 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"
> It seems that even professor Lessig has bought into their marketing.
> (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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