[ISN] Building crypto archives worldwide to foil US-built Berlin Walls

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Mon Dec 07 1998 - 19:26:01 PST

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    Forwarded From: "Jay D. Dyson" <jdysonat_private>
    Originally To: cryptographyat_private, gnuat_private
    [At the heart of security is cryptography.  My opinion: this is crucial
     information to have.  - Jay]
    Originally From: John Gilmore <gnuat_private>
    The US Wassenaar initiative is an attempt to deny the public not only all
    future strong crypto developments, but all existing ones.  As today's
    message from Denmark makes clear, the freedom-hating bureaucrats are
    threatening to prosecute a citizen merely for publishing PGP on his web
    Let's at least ensure that they don't eliminate *today's* strong crypto,
    by replicating crypto archives behind each Berlin Wall they threaten to
    erect.  Today we depend on a small number of archives (in a small number
    of countries) containing source and binaries for PGP, SSH, Kerberos,
    cryptoMozilla, IPSEC, and many other useful crypto tools that we use
    Let's replicate these archives in many countries.  I call for volunteers
    in each country, at each university or crypto-aware organization, to
    download crypto tools while they can still be exported from where they
    are, and then to offer them for export from your own site and your own
    country as long as it's legal.  (The Wassenaar agreement is not a law; 
    each country has merely agreed to try to change its own laws, but that
    process has not yet started.)
    And if at some future moment your own government makes it illegal for you
    to publish these tools, after all your appeals are denied, all the
    pro-bono court cases rejected, and all the newspaper coverage you can get
    has been printed, then restrict your web site so that only your own
    citizens can get the tools.  That'll still be better than the citizens of
    your country having NO access to the tools of privacy!
    (I suggest putting these tools on a Web site on a machine that you own,
    rather than on a web site where you buy space from someone else.  That way
    there'll be nobody for the freedom-squashers to threaten except you.)
    I'm sure that John Young's excellent http://jya.com site will be happy to
    provide an index of crypto archives around the world, if people will send
    him notices at jyaat_private as your sites come up.  (Each archive
    should locally mirror this list, so that we won't depend on a single
    Rather than having their desired effect of squelching crypto distribution,
    perhaps their overbold move can inspire us to increase strong crypto
    distribution tenfold, by making it clear to the public that if you don't
    keep a copy on your own hard drive, the governments of the world will be
    merciless in scheming to deny you access to it.  And if crypto developers
    have to publish on books, or rely on smugglers to get crypto from country
    to country, then at least each country will have its distribution
    arrangements already ready for when the book is scanned or the smuggler
    	John Gilmore
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