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Re: [tor-talk] Research - Tor and the shaping of resistance technologies

Hello Joe,

Thanks! I really appreciate the advice and I'll definitely send an email to those lists as well.

I absolutely hope to interview people from the other side of the fence as part of my research, along with plenty of trawling through policy papers and legislation. Although my main interest is in the perspectives of people developing technologies to resist surveillance, I agree that the research would indeed benefit from some idea of state perspectives - especially given the developments likely to come in the new year (the IP bill in the UK to mention just one). I do think that the views and dev processes of those involved in creating and using surveillance technologies are likely to be very different, especially in contrast with Tor's open source model.

I'd be really interested to hear your thoughts on this if you'd be free for a chat sometime? If not, thanks again for the advice!


On Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 11:39 PM, Joe Btfsplk <joebtfsplk@xxxxxxx<mailto:joebtfsplk@xxxxxxx>> wrote:
 Hello Ben,
We've heard this tor-talk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:tor-talk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> is not frequented as much as it used to be by Tor developers & organizational members.
You might want to check these lists, depending on which area you want to ask questions in a specific area of Tor or Tor network.

https://lists.torproject.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/tor-onions  and

Don't know how many Tor organization members you'll find, but you may take a look at https://tor.stackexchange.com/.
Can't hurt to put out the word there.

I'm interested instead in exploring the power relationships, social and technological factors which determine how actions and communities are labelled criminal, and include harms caused by states and other powerful actors which may not traditionally be considered as "crimes".

> From this perspective, I would like to explore how the values and perspectives of people who develop software to resist surveillance and promote anonymity online shape the technologies they work on, and whether this expertise changes how they see these issues.
I assume you're going to interview people from both sides of the fence, or else you'll have fairly one sided research?
Law enforcement's / governments' views are much different than activists under a dictatorial regime.

Good luck.

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