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Re: Rescheduled: P2P file sharing national security and personal security risks

  • From: Peter Galbavy
  • Date: Mon Jun 16 07:35:36 2003

Neil J. McRae wrote:
>> The problem - to try to steer this bus back onto topic - is the
>> sheer amount of self-policing that the powers-that-want-to-be want
>> us to do. Or it becomes our fault.
> Who should do the policing then Peter?

The police ?

>From a viewpoint in the UK, the real police (as in the ones doing the work -
not the management) are getting more and more frustrated, they have been
reported as saying, at the increasing level of work they are expected to do
following the continual implmentation of new legislation. I am sure that
police forces around the world have similar viewpoints.

One of the parts of the process of introducing new criminal law should
(nay - must be) a consideration for how it is going to be actually
implemented on a day-to-day basis. Pouring money into the bottomless pit
that is any civil service project (the police included) very rarely solves
the underlying problems. Perhaps more thought is required by the legislators
before they pass new acts ?

By trying to get around this and requiring soft targets, such as
under-represented (OK - under-lobbied to be accurate) industry segments like
ISPs, to do this work 'unpaid' is a way of making the politicians look
competent and make any self-policed industry look bad when something is
missed or goes wrong.


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