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Submission from Hans Yodzis received on September 10, 2001 via e-mail
Subject: Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues
To whom it may concern:
I wish to add my voice to the citizens of Canada who counsel careful consideration before enacting a potentially damaging law with respect to digital security research.
I am a networking professional and rely on full disclosure policies to make sound decisions when implementing networked services and connectivity for clients. Similiarly I need tools available to ensure the integrity of my networks on a regular basis. Without the ability to fully disclose vulnerabilities relating to digital security, the battle will be lost.
Indeed much of what we have come to understand now with regards to security and digital media is the absolute direct result of open exchange of such information. As it stands now, industry is incapable of keeping up with vulnerabilities in networked systems, let alone anticipating them.
This is evidenced by countless examples, most notably Micosoft's new operating system and their Internet Information Server version 5. Within months of public release, Windows 2000 and IIS5 were deployed across hundreds of thousends of networks, rendering ALL of these businesses exposed to having their financial, client, and other confidential databases stolen or sabotaged.
No less than 20 catastrophic vulnerabilities were discovered, disclosed, and patched as a result of security researchers's ability to publish their work and fully disclose newfound volnerabilities.
I urge you to consider very carefully just how you decide to implement anything in Canada that might endanger the safety of its digital backbone by stifling researcher's ability to publish their work.
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