Liberty

There were widely circulated reports of voice cloning being used in phishing. I’ve been predicting these for a while (Threat modeling in 2018 at Blackhat, 28 minutes in), but Guillaume Ross asked some really good questions about it. A new John Locke manuscript, “The Toleration of Papists” has been discovered and published. (Short analysis in…

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(Reading the declaration of independence is a useful reminder of why we chose to dissolve the political bands that connected us to another. It’s not about jingoism, or the results of a plebiscite, but about a “long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object,” and the proper response to such acts.) In…

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I’ve signed on to Access Now’s letter to the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, asking the Government of India to withdraw the draft amendments proposed to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules. As they say in their press release: Today‚Äôs letter, signed by an international coalition of 31 organizations and individuals, explains how…

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Lately, I’ve tried to stay away from the tire fire that American politics has become. I’m reasonably certain that I have more to contribute in other areas. But when the President tries to equivocate between those waving the Nazi flag and those protesting against them, we need to speak about what’s acceptable.

It ought to go without saying that when literal Nazis are on one side of a debate, the other side is in the right.

But apparently, that’s not obvious, so I felt I could share a plan for a march by the alt-left, under the ominous name of “Operation Overlord.” They were planning to overthrow the legitimate government all along the coast, and, through force, replace it with their own puppets.

More seriously, we can have disagreements about what’s best for the country, and it’s bad when we demonize those who disagree with us. Civilized society requires us to accept civil disagreement. It accepts that no one is privileged or disadvantaged by an accident of birth: “race, creed or color,” as the expression goes. But civil disagreement, by definition, precludes violence, advocacy of violence or threats of violence.

The Nazi flag is one such threat. Waving it has no purpose except declaring oneself outside society and at odds with the ideals and principles of good people everywhere.

If you’re in a crowd of Nazis, you should be asking why, and walking away.

If you have doubts about what a President should say, here’s a sample:

Hossein Derakhshan was recently released from jail in Iran. He’s written a long and thoughtful article “The Web We Have to Save.” It’s worth reading in full, but here’s an excerpt: Some of it is visual. Yes, it is true that all my posts on Twitter and Facebook look something similar to a personal blog:…

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[There are broader critiques by Katie Moussouris of HackerOne at “Legally Blind and Deaf – How Computer Crime Laws Silence Helpful Hackers” and Halvar Flake at “Why changes to Wassenaar make oppression and surveillance easier, not harder.” This post addresses the free speech issue.] During the first crypto wars, cryptography was regulated under the US…

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