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Sentencing commission ponders extra jail time for proxy users

I'm betting Michael DuBose, chief of the Justice Department's Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, is a Steven Seagal fan...

Seth Schoen, staff technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said that these tools "do not necessarily require technical sophistication or indicate unusual expertise; they do not necessarily contribute to avoiding detecting; and they do not necessarily indicate premeditation or a commitment to a course of criminal conduct." He noted that he himself had authored a manual explaining how any ordinary computer user could make use of proxies to avoid Web filtering or censorship. He also urged the commission against conflating the sophistication of a tool itself—citing the anonymous and encrypted Tor routing system as an example—with the sophistication required to use it.

Thursday, March 19, 2009
Ars Technica
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