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Everyone Has Something to Hide. It's About Self Determination, Not Hiding Crimes or Ethical Breaches.

A letter from the FBI

A letter from the FBI



Summary: Secrets do not always imply one is committing a crime or an offense. This is a short discussion about secrets of Techrights, too, notably its sources.

ONE week ago (today) the US celebrated MLK Day. As the famous letter above serves to remind us, his government tried to cause him to commit suicide after it had spied on him (enabling blackmail, with infidelity as a common theme). There are two types of people in the world: those who pretend to have "nothing to hide" and those who openly acknowledge that everyone has something to hide from someone (employer, spouse, parent etc.) at some point in time. This is why everybody uses passwords.



"People who push for the end of privacy are also, perhaps unwittingly, lobbying against investigative journalism. This, by extension, erodes justice in the world."In our previous post we focused on privacy aspects of operating systems. Earlier today we also wrote about Linux as opposed to freedom (not the same thing). Techrights has always been super-transparent. All our IRC logs have always been published (since 2008); they got published in full, bar redactions (e.g. of IP addresses) where these were needed to guard identity of sources.

People who say that privacy doesn't matter are liars. People who say groups/organisations that have something to hide are up to no good are also wrong (if not liars). In order to do our reporting, and in order to offer confidence to our sources, we have always needed some level of privacy. People who push for the end of privacy are also, perhaps unwittingly, lobbying against investigative journalism. This, by extension, erodes justice in the world.

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