Re: [Fwd:No Subj - Re: International Harvard Conference on The

Joseph M. Reagle Jr. (
Sat, 30 May 1998 22:35:27 -0400

This was asinine. Started out with a scripted scenario and ended in halting
drivel. She set out on the typical scary "scenario" of our critical
infrastructure being undermined, yes it did turn out they were teenagers,
but what if... If I didn't think it'd be useless, I would've asked, "Why
then is the FBI hindering the deployment of strong cryptographic methods
that would render this scenario moot?" Those that cause the problem want us
to choke us on their solution, when it'd be better if they just go out of
the way.

I've never seen a good representation from the FBI on any conference panel,
though I've seen Ambassador Aaron and he is frightfully persuasive. "Who
would you rather have enforcing the law and protecting your citizen's
privacy, 'cypherpunks' or the government?"

At 03:16 PM 5/29/98 -0400, Jay Thomas wrote:
>> On Wed a representative of the FBI prefaced her remarks
>> by raising the specter of terrorism, child pornography and
>> organized crime in calling for everything from key escrow to
>> on-line "stings". No one would, or could, defend anyone's right
>> to these aforementioned evils and I do not intend to do so. However;
>> issues of data privacy, security and censorship are trampled
>> on under the banner of the protection of society by law enforcement.

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