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Political Agendas for Network Design?
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2008 20:57:49 -0400

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From: "Steven M. Bellovin" <smb () cs columbia edu>
Date: September 8, 2008 8:17:46 PM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Political Agendas for Network Design?

An ITU study group is apparently considering a proposal for network
traceback that includes the following among its rationales:

        A political opponent to a government publishes articles putting
        the government in an unfavorable light. The government, having
        a law against any opposition, tries to identify the source of
        the negative articles but the articles having been published
        via a proxy server, is unable to do so protecting the anonymity
        of the author.

To me, this contravenes not just the First Amendment to the US
constitution, but also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a UN
document -- and the ITU is a UN agency.

More details in my blog at

                --Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb

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