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[liberationtech] TICSA New Zeland Law killing freedom of innovation and research

Marc Bruyere bruyere.marc at
Thu Jan 15 17:21:01 PST 2015

Title : The New-Zealand NSA, GCSB won't wear a CARDIGAN

How the networking research and innovation project CARDIGAN [1]
<> in
Software Defined Networking SDN Openflow [13]
<> have been killed by the New
Zealand NSA local agency GCSB [5] <>[6]
law TICSA [4] <>[7]

All New-Zealander operators have to declare the manufacturing origin of all
their network equipment. How all the component  of a complex pieces of
hardware like an Ethernet switch could have single origin ?!
All New-Zealander operators have to declare 20 days in advance any type of
change on their network, for example adding a new routing policy or a
activating a new link.
If there is no respect of one of those two points they will have to pay a
monstrous redundant daily fine.

[11] <> was the first SDN IXP distributed
fabric network in operation. It was running for more than two years and
important on going academic project like OONI [8] could have reprogrammed
dynamically the fabric routing policy to counter possible censorship. But
no, REANNZ could not offer the economic risk as GCSB  did not like or/and
understand the CARDIGAN project.

FVEY[9] <> laws are killing the
Academic Freedom [12] <>to
preserve interceptions against our privacy.

SDN for IXP [10] <>
projects can be used to insure a better control by the citizens on their
own digital contents during local transit and peering.


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