Re: ULE: covert vs overt

From: Michael Wiik (
Date: Wed Apr 18 2001 - 07:22:27 MDT

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> I don't have much intersection with this particular sphere, but to my
> mind, the primary issue has always been whether "monitoring" will be the
> tool of government or the open province of individuals. A society in
> which every individual has the capability to monitor every other would be
> very interesting, and probably superior (in both safety and society) to a
> government-controlled monitoring system.

I agree this has been the primary issue, and discussed on this forum
before. That's why I wanted to reframe it.

There have been some interesting happenings along these lines: contrast
the recent decisions re the anti-abortion website that displayed
doctor's home addresses, with the guilty verdict in J-- B---'s trial in
T-----, Washington. (I hesitate to spell it out as someone has reported
being monitored after discussing this case, see politechbot). The
conclusion seems to be that we can monitor fellow citizens, but not
federal employees.


Michael Wiik
Messagenet Communications Research
Washington DC Area Internet and WWW Consultants

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