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Re: Challenge: Confinement

From: Marcus Brinkmann
Subject: Re: Challenge: Confinement
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 12:41:27 +0200
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At Tue, 15 Aug 2006 21:17:34 +0200,
Marcus  wrote:
> > The 
> > same holds for the DRM-like applications: We develop applications that 
> > allow 
> > the enforcement of security policies in a distributed environment, but 
> > which 
> > consider user rights and the law (keywords: multilateral security, fair 
> > use).
> My questions: What other user rights do you consider beside fair use?
> How do you express complete fair use guarantees (properties) in a
> property-based security infrastructure?  How do you express other
> guarantees and rights in a property-based security infrastructure?

Let me give you a specific example of what I am thinking about.

In 1969, Daniel Ellsberg, working at the RAND corporation, and his
former colleague, Tony Russo, copied 7,000 pages of top-secret
documents titled "United States-Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study
Prepared by the Department of Defense", which documented the
illegality of the Vietnam war.  He then released these papers to
members of the Senate, who refused to make them public, and later, in
1971, to the New York times, which published excerpts.

Daniel Ellsberg, as well as the New York Times, were prosecuted by the
authorities.  However, the authorities behaved in gross misconduct,
and all charges were dropped.  The injunctions against the New York
Times were also rejected.

Although there was no judificial confirmation of the legality of the
actions by Ellsberg and the New York Times (both got off on a
technicality), there is a broad consens among the public that these
actions were not only legal, but that it is a moral responsibility to
act in the manner they did.  The release of the Pentagon papers eroded
public support for an illegal war and helped to accelerate its end.

Now, this is exactly the kind of documents that the government would
want to see managed by DRM technology.  Note that in this example, a
"trusted third party" under the control of the government would not
give the public access to these documents.  So, the question is: Which
properties should the "trusted third party" attest to secure the
rights of the people to leak classified government documents that
document grave crimes to humanity?  How are such properties expressed
in a security model?  In other words: How can a computer be instructed
to allow the Daniel Ellsberg of 2019 to make copies of such documents,
and the New York times to publish them?


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