Australia just made Man-In-The-Middle attacks required by law. They call it "the ghost" and every #encryption connection has to be open to the government.

Good luck with that.


@art I think it's unlikely that they can do this with open source developers. They could try, but it might be difficult to succeed without being noticed.

@bob @art It's why we many of us do our work so transparantly. In case anyone even threatens a law like this.

@bob @art I should clarify though that free software is not a solution to unjust laws like these. It does help society be less vulnerable to them, but having the law be against you is always dangerous. The only fix is to change the law.

Yes, it's not a solution for bad laws, it's a defense.
@art @bob

@tleydxdy @alcinnz @art @bob Well, it's a revolt. If they criminalize the creation of encryption without backdoor, then it doesn't help if it's opensource

@chebra First, they didn't "criminalize the creation of encryption without backdoor", yet. Second, it is a defense, since codes shared by Australian will be reviewed or thrown out. Third, unlike "open source", the free software movement is a social movement and has it's ethics. One part of that ethics is that developing software that hinders user-freedom is worse than not developing anything at all. So when faced which such request, a free software developer should stop producing that software, instead of complying.
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