Re: [ISN] Technology Firm With Ties to Microsoft Fires Executive Over Criticism

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Date: Tue Sep 30 2003 - 03:18:54 PDT

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    Forwarded from: Jason Coombs <jasonc@private>
    Cc: paul@private;, Dan_Verton@private;,
       rforno@private;, full-disclosure@private
    InfoSec News wrote:
    > Forwarded from: Paul Robichaux <paul@private>
    > 1. Geer claimed to be speaking for @stake. He wasn't.
    I do hope that all of you actually read the report before forming any
    opinions about it, the people who wrote it, or the manner in which
    those people portrayed themselves as authors of it. It is simply
    impossible to interpret Geer's role in authoring this report as
    anything close to "speaking for @Stake" -- it was clearly the
    "speaking" part that got him canned, and one need not be paranoid in
    order to see Microsoft's direct or indirect influence in the growing
    "punishment for speech" phenomenon within the United States. @Stake's
    own political bias in advancing the so-called "responsible disclosure"
    process is a crucial element of criminalizing speech... We can't put
    speakers in prison unless we can prove that they violated the rules
    with their speech, so @Stake is busy trying to define the rules.
    The whole business makes me feel sick. What we really need is freedom,
    and the ability to defend ourselves adequately from anyone who might
    choose to exercise theirs in a way that doesn't conform to other
    people's arbitrary definition of "responsible". There was a time in
    the past when there was little doubt that we had freedom.
    Freedom must be one of the costs of monopoly.
    CyberInsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly
    How the Dominance of Microsoft's Products Poses a Risk to Security
    Jason Coombs
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