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Re: A couple of questions and concerns about Emacs network security

From: Perry E. Metzger
Subject: Re: A couple of questions and concerns about Emacs network security
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2018 08:18:33 -0400

On Fri, 06 Jul 2018 19:08:58 -0400 Richard Stallman <address@hidden>
> [[[ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please
> consider    ]]] [[[ whether defending the US Constitution against
> all enemies,     ]]] [[[ foreign or domestic, requires you to
> follow Snowden's example. ]]]
>   > I think we should assume people generally know whether thugs
>   > with torture chambers might be after them.  
> I agree, provided we encourage them to ask themselves the question.

There is ample evidence that people in such situations rarely if ever
understand what the right thing to do is.

There's also another issue we've discovered: at one time, people
believed having software provide "levels" of security made sense,but
we now understand based on bitter experience that everyone, whether
their greatest threat is unimportant or whether their greatest threat
is a nation state, uses the same software and same default settings
99% of the time, so software needs to be built with the needs of
people under threat in mind.

And let me repeat, there's excellent field evidence that
people under threat generally have no technical expertise to make
serious security decisions, and that includes people with programming

The other thing is, in spite of the constant claims, running with the
level of security provided by Firefox or Chrome or Safari isn't the
least bit inconvenient, so there's no obvious reason not to do at
least _that_. It's not like there's any actual tradeoff involved.

Perry E. Metzger                address@hidden

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