UK Investigatory Powers Bill
Julian H. Stacey
jhs at berklix.com
Thu May 5 02:23:59 CEST 2016
> > > This UK legislation will have impact elsewhere.
Too many wind mills, too little time ;-)
- The world has excess ignorant "Regulate Crypto" politicians &
& civil servants paid to push laws.
- National cryptography vendors, systems houses, banks etc may have more
commercial interest to fund lobbying against local ignorant politicians.
- International source groups have few people per country,
None paid to waste time begging to educate ignorant
politicians within their deadlines & foreign procedures.
- Only laws that may motivate most global source developers will be those of
countries of passport, residence, mail list server & source repository.
Leaving 190 countries each will ignore.
Inefficient to try to explain tech. to politicians ? Quicker to tell them:
They will cripple & expose their country: International groups will
ignore their laws, & continue development. Only their country's
nationals will be crippled, out competed by rest of world's
industries, banks, even industrial spies, international crackers,
terrorists on net, & local criminals will All have better
encryption than their local law restricted citizens.
Even the USA failed to enforce Clipper or restrict international encryption:
Dept of Commerce chased a crypt cat out of the bag for a decade, & failed.
(USA munitions law, Crypt.c, freebsd.org, South African source repository.)
Best spend time protecting source projects,
- Insufficient resources to fight a globe of ignorant politicians,
so best structure projects so no few countries can cripple development.
- eg mirrors in several countries & regions, with backups, so if server
master has legal or net trouble, or a regional geographic incident,
people can switch to another server in another country & region.
- Individuals could also quietly offer logins to developers in other countries
(so if one day a developers' country implements a law restricting
export of code, next edit is done via ssh & vi in your country
not theirs, so no file ever needs to be exported (aka USA munitions law).
Julian Stacey, BSD Linux Unix Sys Eng Consultant Munich http://berklix.eu/jhs/
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