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RE: Where to write crypto?



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 On Sat, 21 Sep 1996, Dan McGuirk wrote:

	>>| > If I want to go to a country outside the United States to write
	>>| > cryptographic code that will be freely distributable, what's the best
	>>| > place to go?
	>>|
	>>| Or, on the other hand, is there no way that a U.S. citizen can legally do
	>>| this?
	>>
To which Adam Shostack replied:


	>>	Thats not clear.  The ITARs seem, on their face, to create a
	>>prior restraint on speech based on its content, and forbid Americans
	>>the right to leave the country to pursue their livlihoods.  The odds
	>>of geting persecuted seem pretty low.

Could be. But prominent crypto atty. Ken Bass told me he thought such actions would be vigorously prosecuted - quicker than you could say "global proliferation." Thing to notice here: no prominent cryptographer in the US has come forth and said "yes, I helped write strong crypto abroad." Which isn't to say most of them aren't  traveling abroad frequently these days - take, e.g. the presence of M. Blaze, W. Diffie et al. at the OECD in Paris this week.


	>>	As to the (predictable) comment that I'm not doing this, I'd
	>>be happy to entertain offers of crypto work that are not in the US,
	>>possibly leading to me being a test case.
	>>

Call before you do, Adam; I'd kill to have that story first...


Will Rodger
Washington Bureau Chief
[email protected] Week

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