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[liberationtech] U.S. Department of State Technical Security Specialist

Stephen Michael Kellat smkellat at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 28 19:59:54 PST 2019


In the end, it remains amusing that people are worried about the impact caused by the possibilities of potential spying by diplomatic and security agencies.  If you really want to be on the cutting edge relative to the US Government, you need to instead start thinking about how its taxation system functions since only two countries in the world tax the global income of their citizens.  Eritrea is one and the USA is the other.  The creation of technology can be far too easily strangled by administrative burdens especially considering how many software developers are sole proprietors.  If you were to combine Palantir and its basic ability to ruthlessly scour the Internet with the legally sanctioned intrusiveness of the Internal Revenue Service and all the data that it maintains about people's lives, why exactly are intelligence agencies significant concerns now?

Then again, IRS usage of Palantir resources isn't a hypothetical: https://www.bna.com/palantir-deal-may-n57982093875/

If you want to build the best tech in this very strange world you need to support places like Software Freedom Conservancy.  They are an umbrella keeping many free and open source parts of the Internet still working.  They ensure no single developer has to stand alone.

This is slightly tangential but if you're wanting to build a better world you do need to cover the less obvious angles.

Stephen Michael Kellat


On Thu, Feb 28, 2019 at 07:05:53AM -0800, Yosem Companys wrote:
> Of course, I totally agree with you on the importance of transparency.
> 
> On Thu, Feb 28, 2019 at 3:27 AM Nathan Andrew Fain <nathan at squimp.com>
> wrote:
> 
> > Clarifications beyond cyber-defense would be necessary. Job posts for
> > government agencies require at least as much transparency as we would be
> > provided in a job post for a human rights organization.
> >
> > It is the assumption that there are "good guys" that builds apathy. This
> > apathy creates such cases as those detailed in the recent reuters report
> > about former-NSA agent Lori Stroud who after spending years of shelving
> > their own moral compass while working at the NSA was primed for being
> > pushed into spying on human rights activists for the UAE Government:
> >
> > https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-spying-raven/
> >
> >
> > On 2/27/19 5:44 PM, Yosem Companys wrote:
> > > That's an excellent question. The job is a cyber-defense job, not a
> > > cyber-offense one. It also doesn't seem to require a
> > > security clearance. So the job seems to fit the definition of technology
> > > for social good in that it's theoretically speaking advancing global
> > > diplomacy.
> > >
> > > On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 6:46 AM Nathan Andrew Fain <nathan at squimp.com
> > > <mailto:nathan at squimp.com>> wrote:
> > >
> > >     As an international reader of this list I find this job advertisement
> > >     could use clarification. There are plenty of jobs in the US State
> > >     Department that could be adversarial to liberation tech. One does not
> > >     know if this position falls on the evil-side or not-evil-side of the
> > US
> > >     State Department.
> > >
> > >
> > >     On 2/27/19 7:30 AM, Yosem Companys wrote:
> > >     > The *U.S. Department of State* is currently accepting applications
> > for
> > >     > a Technical Security Specialist
> > >     >
> > >     <
> > http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMjI2LjIzMDQ1NDEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMjI2LjIzMDQ1NDEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzM1NjIwMSZlbWFpbGlkPXljb21wYW55c0BnbWFpbC5jb20mdXNlcmlkPXljb21wYW55c0BnbWFpbC5jb20mZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&101&&&https://job-openings.monster.com/technical-security-specialist-va-us-csp-bureau-of-diplomatic-security/205713880?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
> > >,
> > >     > located in Springfield, VA.
> > >     >
> > >     > The incumbent serves as Technical Security Specialist in the
> > Facility
> > >     > Security and Engineering division, Office of Security Technology,
> > >     under
> > >     > the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Countermeasures,
> > >     Bureau
> > >     > of Diplomatic Security (DS/ST/FSE). The incumbent serves as a
> > >     > contracting officer’s representative and team member responsible
> > for
> > >     > reviewing and providing oversight to a multibillion dollar
> > government
> > >     > contract for supply chain management.
> > >     >
> > >     > Key requirements for this position: Must have FAC-COR experience
> > and
> > >     > knowledge of technical security systems.
> > >     >
> > >     > This is a non-status, non-permanent Personal Service Contract
> > >     position.
> > >     > You do not acquire a competitive or excepted service status from
> > this
> > >     > position.
> > >     >
> > >     > Read the vacancy announcement
> > >     >
> > >     <
> > http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMjI2LjIzMDQ1NDEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMjI2LjIzMDQ1NDEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzM1NjIwMSZlbWFpbGlkPXljb21wYW55c0BnbWFpbC5jb20mdXNlcmlkPXljb21wYW55c0BnbWFpbC5jb20mZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&102&&&https://job-openings.monster.com/technical-security-specialist-va-us-csp-bureau-of-diplomatic-security/205713880?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
> > > for
> > >     > more information, and to start the application process. *Please
> > note
> > >     > that the deadline to submit completed applications is March 8,
> > 2019.*
> > >     >
> > >     > All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire
> > vacancy
> > >     > announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for
> > this
> > >     > position before applying.
> > >     >
> > >
> >

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