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Re: [tor-talk] Non-free country law preventing Tor from getting donations
On Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 03:52:05PM -0400, grarpamp wrote:
> > If Torproject ending it's close ties w/ U.S. military funding (by some
> > means) isn't important for it's reputation & appearance to the broader
> > internet community, I'm not sure what is.
> The code is open for inspection so it's not an overt issue, and the
> cash funds a lot of good research. Outright bribery or force "here's
> a million or an NSL/order, don't implement this", has a reasonably
> good chance of resulting in a sitdown protest closure of the project.
> So the only issue I see is covert, "here's a million, go research this
> (which might keep you too busy to discover or implement this other
> thing we don't like)". Yes, the US is a curious home for tor in these
> regards. Yet moving it someplace else will have a different set of
> pressures (though probably lesser), a different set of donors, coders,
Ordinary people do not know this word "code" (especially open source).
They believe that the piper calls the tune. And in fact it is very
difficult to argue with such a statement without falling into the
technical details ("code is open")
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