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Re: TOR and the Digital Freedom Conversation
From: "Jones, Mark B" <Mark.B.Jones () UTH TMC EDU>
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:22:26 -0600
There is a difference between 'Privacy' and 'Secrecy'. Tor seems like it
may lean toward the latter.
I have found that the following site has a useful perspective on privacy
Here are some key quotes:
"Importantly, privacy is a personal, subjective condition. One person cannot
decide for another what his or her sense of privacy should be."
"While privacy is held up as one of our highest values, people also
constantly share information about themselves by allowing others to see
their faces, learn their names, learn what they own, and learn what they
think. In fact, it is a desirable lack of privacy that allows people to
interact with one another socially and in business. This does not mean that
people should lose control over the information they want to keep private.
It means that generalizations about privacy are almost always wrong."
Also 'Privacy' is not the same as 'anonymity'. It is my opinion that strong
authentication and the lack of anonymity are the keys to improved privacy
online. Only with strong authentication can consumers and services be held
accountable for behavior online.
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[mailto:SECURITY () LISTSERV EDUCAUSE EDU] On Behalf Of Jeffrey Sabin
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:24 PM
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Subject: [SECURITY] TOR and the Digital Freedom Conversation
Given the wider US technology community discussions on online privacy and
monitoring - this seems to be very topical. In case anyone was not aware,
this story is taking place at Iowa State University with Tor being a
relevant part of the discussion:
Realizing that this isn't necessarily new, but given this recent story, I am
curious to know what others are doing or observing as it relates to Tor and
it's discussion at your particular institution.
Jeffrey D. Sabin
DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORK SERVICES
2507 University Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505
E-mail jeff.sabin () drake edu