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Re: UK jails schizophrenic for refusal to decrypt files
From: maxigas <maxigas () anargeek net>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2009 05:08:40 +0000 (GMT)

From: Gregor Schneider <rc46fi () googlemail com>
Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] UK jails schizophrenic for refusal to decrypt files
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 12:41:48 +0100
Today, a computer often has become a part of the mind - notes, diaries
and so on. Therefore, this case to me is somehow equivalent to putting
someone into jail just because he does not want to answer a question -
which is definatelay a violation of a fundamental human right.

Indeed, I seem to recall that in the decision of the German high court (the country where bureacrats are maybe the most 
advanced in understanding technology) there was a reasoning to that effect, e.g. arguing that the contents of computers 
fall under the freedom of thought, since you use them to put down your everyday thoughts.  I could be mistaken about 
the fact though, but the line of thought is really interesting: to recognise in the legal system the fact that in 
practice we became cyborgs: our neural circuits are interrupted and wired to our notebooks.  Not a new thing, that one 
about using notebooks, of course (that changed happened a long time ago), but still widely unrecognised. 8-/

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