Re: steganography (and bin Laden)

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Thu Oct 11 2001 - 15:52:40 MDT

On Thu, Oct 11, 2001 at 02:19:32PM -0700, J. R. Molloy wrote:
> From: "Anders Sandberg" <>
> > I guess the same technique is also useful to find messages sent by
> > dissidents - if the article had been about Iomart helping the Chinese
> > government to catch dissidents, would you then have denounced it as one
> > of the most unextropic corporations in the world today?
> "dissidents" do not equate to terrorists.
> Please re-read my message. It doesn't mention "dissidents." It mentions only
> terrorists.
> There is a difference between dissidents and terrorists.

Yes, and it is not just an issue of naming. But the tools useful to
track down one group are useful to track down the other. So when
applauding a technology good for catching the terrorists we should
remember that it can (and likely will) be used by repressive regimes to
catch dissidents too.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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