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Re: [Taler] [address@hidden: 'Oh, that's an idea...': U.S. parents respo

From: Jacob Bachmeyer
Subject: Re: [Taler] [address@hidden: 'Oh, that's an idea...': U.S. parents respond to China screen time ban]
Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2021 20:09:54 -0500
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Özgür Kesim wrote:
Thus spake Jacob Bachmeyer (jcb62281@gmail.com):

Using China as contrast again, how about special tokens not available to
Uighurs?  Once we implement one type of "identity attribute" in Taler, we
have no control over governments imposing more such attributes on Taler
exchanges in their jurisdictions.  Not supporting this at all and standing
on the grounds of human rights and the great abuse potential of this feature
is, I believe, a more ethical solution.  After all, if we could depend on
other people to be ethical, Tivoisation would not exist and we would
probably still be happily using GPLv2.

China doesn't need a feature in GNU Taler to taint money, it can do so
by deploying multiple currencies.  And it can do it so with _existing_
GNU Taler, too, easily.

There is a huge amount of overhead costs associated with deploying multiple currencies. As I understand, China already has distinct on-shore and off-shore currencies. The ability to issue "tainted money" within a currency greatly reduces those costs, and using it to implement age restrictions provides a "camel's nose under the tent" for introducing more restrictions even in Western countries, which (in case you have not noticed) have been recently trending increasingly authoritarian despite clear popular opposition to those policies.

-- Jacob

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