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CA Senate Hearing on Open Source

elections, copyright, open source, research, policy

Today I testified at a hearing entitled, "Open Source Software ? Does It Have A Place In California?s Electoral System?" held by the California State Senate Committee on Elections, Reapportionment and the Constitution chaired by Senator Debra Bowen. It went well and I think we were effective in communicating that open source is only one aspect of voting system transparency. We also stressed that there are many open questions with open source and disclosed source in the voting systems area and any sudden unilateral moves to mandate disclosed source code or open source licenses would be ill-advised. (Also see: "California Holds Hearing on Open Source Software in Election Systems" by Wayne Hanson at GovTech)

I'll talk a bit more about it below...

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Tor at Berkeley

privacy, berkeley, education

So, it wasn't easy, but today I got conditional approval from CISC to run a Tor server at the iSchool. (Yes, that last link is for Google.)

And, man, only a few of you know what I mean when I say "it wasn't easy". It can be very difficult to argue that the benefits of anonymizing tools outweigh the risks.

Wait a sec. What the hell is Tor? As Roger says:

Tor is a decentralized network of computers on the Internet that increases privacy in Web browsing, instant messaging, and other applications. We estimate there are some 50,000 Tor users currently, routing their traffic through about 300 volunteer Tor servers on five continents. Tor solves three important privacy problems: it prevents websites and other services from learning your location; it prevents eavesdroppers from learning what information you're fetching and where you're fetching it from; and it routes your connection through multiple Tor servers so no single server can learn what you're up to. Tor also enables hidden services, letting you run a website without revealing its location to users.

So, if you do research or know of someone who does research on campus that involves anonymity, privacy, etc. feel free to get in touch. (Think of hidden, anonymized diary studies, wikis, blogs, survey instruments, interfaces demos, etc.)

Like Seth says ("Anti-Censorship Talk Is Cheap, Anti-Censorship Money Is Scarce"), you might consider giving some $$$ (or more) to Tor since they could use the support right now.

Orphan Works Trolls?

copyright, policy, legal

Do you think we'll start to see "orphan works trolls" that examine commercially successful orphan works (or their derivatives), try go find the copyright holders and get rights assigned and then sue so that they can make money? Hmmmmm...

Joe Gratz cuts right to the chase and posts the LoC's legislative proposal to solve the orphan works problem. I don't have time to read the 100+ page report, but would like to see a concise discussion of what the LoC found compelling and what they wrote off.

Freedom to Tinker Blog Archive Paper Naming Contest


Help Ed and Alex name their Sony Rootkit paper. They want a song title that sums up the fiasco but in a non-inflammatory way (which, yes, means that the Talking Heads, Burning Down The House, is off limits. Boo Hoo.)

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