[Linux-aus] Encryption bill and open source

Paul Gear paul at gear.dyndns.org
Fri Dec 7 09:19:02 AEDT 2018

On 6/12/18 9:59 pm, Russell Stuart via linux-aus wrote:
> On Thu, 2018-12-06 at 16:19 +1100, Hugh Blemings via linux-aus wrote:
>> One thing I would urge all of you to consider doing is call your
>> local MP.  Seriously.  Respectfully ask that your views (presumably
>> against) be noted and give one or two reasons why - EFFA have written
>> concisely on this aspect[0].
> With due respect to Hugh, I suspect there are quite a few here who
> don't know what is being proposed will refrain from contacting their MP
> on the grounds they don't really have a clue what they are talking
> about.  The fix is easy: read the 400 odd pages of dull legalise the
> government has published at [0].

Is there still time to call our MPs?  (Not being a mainstream news
watcher/reader, I don't know the best source to find this out.)

If so, it would be great to have something to say more than "I oppose
this bill and the damage it will do" as suggested by [1].  Going to a
politician without a clear message is a recipe for getting ignored, so
it would be great if we could get together a list of the most important
talking points.

Here's my start:

 1. The measures will be ineffective, because the terrorists and
    paedophiles will switch to technologies not covered by Australian law.
 2. The measures will be abused by those in LEAs, as has already been
    the case with data retention.
 3. The measures put IT workers in Australia in untenable positions.
 4. The measures put IT companies based in Australia at a competitive
 5. Any vulnerabilities successfully introduced into products subject to
    Australian law will be abused by 3rd parties not subject to
    Australian law.


 1. https://digitalrights.good.do/aabill_say_no_efa/phone/

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