I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public. President at @FreedomofPress.

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The ability to invisibly hack your phone is being sold to countries at the red-hot intersection of a Venn Diagram between “desperately craves the tools of oppression” and “sorely lacks the sophistication to produce them domestically.” Why is it legal? edwardsnowden.substack.com/p…
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I actually don't think so, re: SENSS etc. The thing about these FOSS vuln-scanning frameworks is they're all throwing ancient, publicly-known exploits, primarily to confirm patch status. Easy to legally differentiate from 0-day SaaS, regardless of packaging. It's a bright line.
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Again, I share your concern and agree that it's reasonable, but I just don't necessarily agree it's insurmountable. Regardless, I think it's all academic anyway. As I stated before, no government is prepared to meaningfully reduce the availability of intrusion software.
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It's exactly because of the Wassenaar failure that I don't recommend regulation based on form or function, but profit or non-profit. Nobody is operationalizing iOS 0-days into SaaS platforms to save the world. They're doing it to get rich. Remove the profit, remove the problem.
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(For some interpretations of "the problem." Some restrictions apply. Void where prohibited.)
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Replying to @rpotter_9
With respect, you quite literally know better than this. You know what an export license is. You know who issues them. You know the intelligence relationship with this sector in that country. If you think this is a failure of perspective, I don't think I can help you. Cheers.
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It's a prohibition on the *commercial trade.* I share your fears, but I think this is sidestepped by limiting it to commercial activity. Legitimate use here is basically entirely non-commercial: research, full-disclosure, FOSS.
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It doesn't really matter, since what the governments are actually doing here is just dividing the industry into pro-FVEY and anti-FVEY (Five Eyes) lists, with the former legitimized and rewarded, with the latter condemned. Expect nothing but the worst from policy figures here.
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Replying to @GazTheJourno
The distinction here is of course company v. country. I trust that you don't need examples of the double-standard, regardless of how one feels about this or that flag. My position (edwardsnowden.substack.com/p…) is that there should be a full international moratorium on the trade.
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"What you have is a government inside a government, an undemocratic apparatus making all of the decisions beneath a shell of democracy—something that looks like a democracy and is called a democracy, but has almost none of the properties a democracy is defined by."
For those who still think "the Deep State" is a deranged conspiracy theory invented in 2017 by Sean Hannity: YouTube has been re-circulating a 2015 speech I gave at the Univ. of Utah at the height of the Snowden reporting. Here's what I said about secrecy and the security state:
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Edward Snowden retweeted
These (👇) were my core views in 2010 (which is what caused Snowden to choose me). They were my core views in 2015 (when the left couldn't applaud loudly enough). And they're my core views now. Much changed during the Trump years. My core, animating worldview isn't among them:
For those who still think "the Deep State" is a deranged conspiracy theory invented in 2017 by Sean Hannity: YouTube has been re-circulating a 2015 speech I gave at the Univ. of Utah at the height of the Snowden reporting. Here's what I said about secrecy and the security state:
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Replying to @citizenreader
Very difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff on this, even in media, which is why I ask for primary source responses. There have been a couple people with legitimate-looking affiliations so far: check my "liked" tweets to dodge the noise.
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Replying to @Snowden
2 weeks to get a good picture from different lab studies, 4 weeks I would say to see whether it has a real advantage in different settings and the will dominate globally.
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Question for actual-scientist Twitter: how long until we have a reasonable (but tentative) grasp of Omicron's novel characteristics? How many weeks are we talking?
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Omicron sounds like the name of an 80s movie's evil Robot King.
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No matter what complaints the Hong Kong Bar Association might have about Tibbo, there bottom line is that he fought for many, many years to secure the safety of families that the HK government has shown little interest in protecting--and won.
Replying to @JeromeTaylor
Most of the refugees who helped shelter Snowden -- who hailed from the Philippines and Sri Lanka -- have since been granted asylum in Canada.
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