Only a tool
Posted Jan 26, 2012 21:28 UTC (Thu) by cmccabe
In reply to: Only a tool
Parent article: LCA: Jacob Appelbaum on surveillance and censorship
There's a difference between being legally culpable and morally responsible.
The question you have to ask before passing any law-- or making anything a crime-- is what the real-world consequences will be. Having laws that are overly broad like "you should be a good person" doesn't lead to more good people; it just leads to abuses of the law.
Making the writers of software responsible for every bad thing the users did would not lead to more moral people; it would just lead to fewer software writers.
Personally I find David Brin's ideas about the transparent society pretty interesting. I don't think the clock can be turned back on at least certain forms of surveillance.
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