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Re: Cybercrime treaty

On Mon, May 08, 2000 at 01:24:04PM -0400, Steven M. Christey wrote:
| One Board member has since sent me an email saying that they are
| concerned with the Editorial Board as a whole making a statement,
| although they personally agree with what is being said.  The member's
| concern appears to be related to the fact that if "the Board" makes a
| statement, then the member's organization may be viewed as agreeing
| with the statement by association.
| A different member sent me an email saying that while the member
| agrees with the concerns, they cannot comment publicly on this,
| especially while their own organization may be pursuing this issue
| independently.  But this member did not seem to be concerned with how
| a Board statement would reflect on their own organization.
| So it seems to me that it may not be appropriate to have a statement
| from the Board as a whole.  I think that part of this is due to the
| fact that we don't formalize whether Board members are speaking for
| themselves or for their organizations.
| I think we could work with the introductory text that Stuart provided,
| and say that the statement is a result of Editorial Board discussions,
| and advocated by various Board members, but it is not a statement by
| the full Board itself.  Individuals who are not comfortable with
| speaking for their organization could provide feedback behind the
| scenes, or be listed on the statement without their organizational
| affiliation.

Having talked with my lobbying folks on this, they say that a
statement by the board is a much stronger tool to present to the COE,
and that a statement which headlines that the board could not agree
has less of an impact.  

Steve, could you ask those who question a board statement if they'd be 
more willing to accept a disclaimer within the text, such as:

"In our capacity as security experts, <Treaty> has recently come to our
attention, and we have some concerns about it, specifically Article

Or at the bottom: "Affiliations are listed here for identification
purposes only."

This allows a board statement to be made without drawing in all of the 
organizations which we may or may not represent.


"It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once."

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