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Re: What is the EFF doing exactly?

At 08:04 PM 9/3/96 -0700, Timothy C. May wrote:

>The reason this is such a hot button for Cypherpunks is that "responsible
>freedom" and "accountability" are often code words for controlling some
>very basic freedoms. Placing limits on anonymous speech would involve some
>very fundamental restrictions on freedoms of various sorts. Even if
>"safeguards" are built-in, the effect would almost certainly be to
>illegalize remailers (unless they had "escrow" features!). And a wide array
>of other freedoms, too numerous for me to write about here.

The terms "responsibility" and "accountability" are misused, which is
unfortunate, since I think we'd all argue in favor of taking responsibility
for our speech/actions in a positive sense. The negative is in asking me to
sacrifice my freedom because some few behave irresponsibly. This is like
setting an illogical default, assuming that it's a preventive, but it
prevents nothing.

Getting beyond this discussion of EFF, has any global entity discussed
making remailers illegal?


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