Australia just made Man-In-The-Middle attacks required by law. They call it "the ghost" and every connection has to be open to the government.

Good luck with that.

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@slackz @art yeah can’t say we’re happy about our so called representatives passing this. πŸ˜’

@art fucking hell, even the Tories here couldn't push that through. It was in their manifesto but basically laughed away

I'm an Australian & I don't support this. How can anyone think developing a system to spy on everyone and a system which will certainly be exploited and abused by a good idea.

So much for a "free" society.

@Reznik @art I lived in Melbourne for a year and it's my absolute favoruite city in the world. I was thinking about getting another visa and moving back. This really saddens me. I hope the big non-Australia security providers (LetsEncrypt, Signal, etc.) just outright refuse to do this and show how pointless this law is.

I lived in Wellington back when they protested that GCHQ law that made what they did to Kim dotcom retroactively legal. 😞

@art Wow, some parts of that article are exactly what I describe in one of my pinned toots.

@art I didn't have the chance to read the law, but how many layers deep does it go? Do they require backdoors in all crypto? because nobody is stopping you from pasting chunks of pgp/gpg encrypted text in your IM

@CarbonCatalyst As far as I can tell (not a lawyer) it focuses on companies and developers. They actually think they can muscle Apple into building back doors.

@CarbonCatalyst @art I've heard about one exception - encryption isn't going to be broken to investigate corruption. Wonder why.......

@art I think it's unlikely that they can do this with open source developers. They could try, but it might be difficult to succeed without being noticed.

@bob @art It's why we many of us do our work so transparantly. In case anyone even threatens a law like this.

@bob @art I should clarify though that free software is not a solution to unjust laws like these. It does help society be less vulnerable to them, but having the law be against you is always dangerous. The only fix is to change the law.

Yes, it's not a solution for bad laws, it's a defense.
@art @bob

@tleydxdy @alcinnz @art @bob Well, it's a revolt. If they criminalize the creation of encryption without backdoor, then it doesn't help if it's opensource

@art So whom do I contact about inserting them into my encrypted offsite backups?

Should this be our form of protest? Everyone, everywhere, encrypting junk and demanding that Australia be included in the transmission?

@art I'm streaming YouTube over SSL again! Here's the form you requested any time I do anything involving encryption.

To Australia: A sea of encrypted cat pictures and eggnog receipies.
From: your friends everywhere. πŸ˜†


@Art @Eric Buijs @Matej Δ½ach  βœ… @Hiro πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅  πŸŽ‰ @gecko @Andrew Roach

I live in Australia. I have created encryption technology which cannot be broken - ever; and social networking software with E2EE where the users control not only the keys, but also the *algorithms*. It's physically impossible for me or anybody else to backdoor your encryption. It's also trivial to provide the same basic ability to other fediverse software.

There is also an Australian law which forbids me from discussing encryption technology with people from other countries (quite stiff penalties).

Anyway this entire body of work is available to anybody in the world right now and it's equally impossible for me to take it back. The only thing that has changed is that I can no longer help you. It's up to you to get smart and I would suggest that you need to do it quickly.

@ajroach42 @hnb @gecko @mike I don't know about the "can not be broken, ever" claim but the more encryption the marrier! :blobreach:

@art I called my representative's office to understand why she supported the bill. When I expressed my concern that overseas governments will avoid Australian products, I was told that wont happen.

Yet this is exactly what the Australian government did to Huawei. The Chinese telecom vendor was banned from supplying equipment for the multi billion dollar NBN and 5G networks for fear that the Chinese Government would force Huawei to build in backdoors.

@art While I am sure it will never happen, I would love to see all the tech companies pull out of Australia in response.

@art Der australische Unrechtsstaat muss vernichtet werden!

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