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Re: Tor Defense Fund...an idea.
"that more people get 'busted', therefore draining the fund even more."
No, because when there will be one case when under some circumstances
Tor operator will be freed, there will be no legal action againt other
Tor operators anymore.
But I see one big problem with EFF. EFF is an US-based organisation.
They do their job very well, but in USA.
For instance, if I get busted in Slovenia EFF can't help me. The don't
know slovenian legal system, they don't have a list of lawyers in
Slovenia, etc. I am on my own.
So my suggestion is to promote a development of country based
organisations similar to EFF, which will cooperate on the international
level. It would be also more convenient (and trustworthy) to transfer
money for legal defense from international organisation to country
organisation which knows all the local circumstances.
In Slovenia we have an unformal group of privacy aware individuals. We
are working at the universities, as a lawyers in a courts, as a
journalists and at ISP's. We do not have a formal organisation yet, but
sooner or later we will do that move. We are communicating through the
internet, some of us are even preparing some legal cases (offer legal,
money and expertize).
I think we need such a group in every country, not just USA and Germany.
It is important that people in that organisations are highly educated in
legal area also. And that groups should be general privacy oriented, not
just Tor. That would be first step. The second would be to create a
strong international connection between them and to establish "good
organisational practices" to prevent corruption and incompetence.