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Date: 1999-04-07

EFF Pioneer Awards, Wired ueber ENFOPOL

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Bei einer Soiree der Electronic Frontier Foundation in der Nacht auf
Mittwoch [Washington D.C.] wurden die jährlichen Internet Pioneer
Awards vergeben. Sie ergingen an Simon Davies [Privacy
International], Drazen Pantic [Radio B92] und an den kürzlich
verstorbenen John Postel.

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Declan McCullagh

3:00 a.m. 7.Apr.99.PDT WASHINGTON
But on Tuesday, the staunch Georgia conservative showed up here
at the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference to warn of the
dangers of an overly intrusive government.

Barr said that as the 19th century dawned, natural resources were
vital to our country. A century later, it was financial resources. Now,
he said, information "will represent power in the 21st century."

He condemned the collection of information by both corporations and
the government, and said that Congress needs to intervene.
The Austrians have their own problems. A proposal that is nearly
certain to become law will expand police surveillance capability to a
level not seen since the Nazis, said Erich Moechel from
Quintessenz. "They can wiretap according to this law ... without the
order of an independent court," he said.

And Russia? Forget about it. The country has already banned
encryption software that can be used to shield sensitive information
from prying eyes. More recently, the FSB -- the successor to the
KGB -- has required Internet service providers to allow agents to
monitor all communications.

"[They] must maintain hardware, software, and a dedicated line to
the local FSB department," Moechel said. The US government has
required telephone companies to build in similar capabilities, though
officials say surveillance will take place only with a court order.

A representative from the US Department of Justice said that
societies had to balance freedom with security. No surveillance at all
would be fine, said Scott Charney, "if everyone were law abiding, but
they're not."
One audience member asked whether Justice Department-backed
restrictions on overseas encryption sales that keep encryption out of
the hands of human rights workers in Kosovo can be justified. "You
have to balance a lot of competing equities," Charney replied.

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