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[liberationtech] Naive Question

Jon Camfield jon at openinternetproject.org
Tue Sep 10 07:52:55 PDT 2013


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On Monday, September 09, 2013 05:09 PM, Jonathan Wilkes wrote:
> On 09/09/2013 03:40 PM, Case Black wrote:
>> There's a more subtle variant to this idea...
[SNIP]
> In short I don't think there's a hack for this one, it just
> requires old fashioned activism and mobilization to reveal what
> these secret interpretations of the law actually are and try to
> work to get rid of them.  (Well, I guess greater decentralization
> and privacy-overlays are a good way to get around it but that's a
> long term thing AFAICT.)

A naive thought experiment add-on:

There has always been a huge trust factor in hosted services - do they
really not log?  What are their configuration files?  How can we build
transparency into how the servers are configured and what code they
are actually, currently running in a way that would reveal malicious
changes?  (Obviously, there's also a security challenge here, in that
you have to really be on top of your updates and on the watch for
intrusions with this level of transparency).

In the end, it still becomes a iterative process where whatever
transparency system is put up can still be subverted by a skilled
governmental adversary, but it'd still be nice to have more than a
company's word about their logging policies.

Jon
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