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A Letter from US Security Researchers Urging to End Society-Wide Surveillance (Matthew Green's blog, 1/25/2014)

"A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering" (blog) - Saturday, January 25, 2014 :

This week a group of *more than fifty prominent security and cryptography researchers* signed a letter protesting the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA, and attempts by NSA to weaken cryptography and privacy protections on the Internet. The full letter can be found here.

Most of you have already formed your own opinions on the issue over the past several months, and it's unlikely that one letter is going to change that. Nonetheless, I'd like a chance to explain why this statement matters [...]

Read on:

http://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2014/01/a-letter-fro...

The letter:

http://masssurveillance.info/

PDF version:

http://masssurveillance.info/openletter.pdf

The signatories:

Martín Abadi Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz

Hal Abelson Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alessandro Acquisti Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Boaz Barak Editorial-board member, Journal of the ACM1

Mihir Bellare Professor, University of California, San Diego

Steven Bellovin Professor, Columbia University

Matt Blaze Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania

L. Jean Camp Professor, Indiana University

Ran Canetti Professor, Boston University and Tel Aviv University

Lorrie Faith Cranor Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Cynthia Dwork Member, US National Academy of Engineering

Joan Feigenbaum Professor, Yale University

Edward Felten Professor, Princeton University

Niels Ferguson Author, Cryptography Engineering: Design Principles and Practical Applications

Michael Fischer Professor, Yale University

Bryan Ford Assistant Professor, Yale University

Matthew Franklin Professor, University of California, Davis

Juan Garay Program Committee Co-Chair, CRYPTO2 2014

Matthew Green Assistant Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Shai Halevi Director, International Association for Cryptologic Research

Somesh Jha Professor, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Ari Juels Program Committee Co-Chair, 2013 ACM Cloud-Computing Security Workshop1

M. Frans Kaashoek Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Hugo Krawczyk Fellow, International Association for Cryptologic Research

Susan Landau Author, Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies

Wenke Lee Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Anna Lysyanskaya Professor, Brown University

Tal Malkin Associate Professor, Columbia University

David Mazières Associate Professor, Stanford University

Kevin McCurley Fellow, International Association for Cryptologic Research

Patrick McDaniel Professor, The Pennsylvania State University

Daniele Micciancio Professor, University of California, San Diego

Andrew Myers Professor, Cornell University

Rafael Pass Associate Professor, Cornell University

Vern Paxson Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Jon Peha Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Thomas Ristenpart Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Ronald Rivest Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Phillip Rogaway Professor, University of California, Davis

Greg Rose Officer, International Association for Cryptologic Research

Amit Sahai Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Bruce Schneier Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School

Hovav Shacham Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego

Abhi Shelat Associate Professor, University of Virginia

Thomas Shrimpton Associate Professor, Portland State University

Avi Silberschatz Professor, Yale University

Adam Smith Associate Professor, The Pennsylvania State University

Dawn Song Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Gene Tsudik Professor, University of California, Irvine

Salil Vadhan Professor, Harvard University

Rebecca Wright Professor, Rutgers University

Moti Yung Fellow, Association for Computing Machinery1

Nickolai Zeldovich Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology



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These are among your brave scientists & researchers in the field

These are among your brave scientists and researchers in the field, America.

Those who do not fear to put themselves on the front line to speak out about very serious matters, with even more serious implications, not only about information security, public or private, but also the very jeopardizing of your civil liberties - which they are fully aware of.

Please share far and wide about their standing up.

Back them up, America.

Remember your country is still under subjection of the Most Evil Sentence Ever Written against her, soon after 9/11:

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That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations *or persons*.

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SHOW THESE RESEARCHERS SUPPORT.

BACK THEM UP, for liberty's sake.

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The Most Evil Sentence Ever Written by the PTB :

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Case in point:

Case in point:

when due process is followed in criminal cases, with courts and judges needing domain experts to help resolve the most difficult technicalities of the scientific side of an argument between prosecution and defense, aren't their experts called and listened to, for that very purpose?

If THESE researchers can't be heard nor acknowledged to defend YOUR RIGHTS (and theirs), WHO ELSE is EVER going to be?

Share with your local politicians, also.

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