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Re: [Debian-NYC] Debconf 10 - NYC bid [video]

On Aug 31, 2008, at 5:55 PM, Michael Schultheiss wrote:

> Jimmy Kaplowitz wrote:
>> I think they recently raised it to 42 days. Also, they can demand  
>> your
>> encryption keys in many circumstances even once you're inside the
>> country with criminal penalties for failing to provide them, and with
>> you having the burden of proof to show you don't know or have the
>> information. Although there hasn't been a final US Supreme Court  
>> ruling
>> on this issue, the courts that have ruled on it seem to believe  
>> that you
>> can't be compelled to give up or type in a memorized encryption
>> passphrase, since it would be a violation of your Fifth Amendment  
>> right
>> against self-incrimination. See the US v. Boucher court case for more
>> details, as mentioned in one of yesterday's /. stories. (They  
>> probably
>> could compel it if they give some sort of immunity from criminal
>> prosecution, but that's still a lot better than the UK situation.)
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/29/customs_raids_german_show/
> Many countries have laws that can adversely affect a conference like
> Debian.  I'm not sure why the US bids are being nearly universally
> shunned while the non-US bids have their downsides essentially  
> ignored.

Because it's trendy to hate America. I sure do!

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