Exit Pressure

It’s impossible to tell anything from this story about the effectiveness of exercising an Exit Option. It should be expected, anyway, that the option itself does the work, even if pulling the trigger has to contribute to the general credibility of virtual exodus.

As an exemplary case, however, it would be hard to beat. From the statement by Preston Byrne, of eris:

If [the Communications Data Bill] is passed into law, we are likely to see a mass exodus of tech companies and financial services firms alike from the United Kingdom. We are happy to lead the charge. […] In keeping with our promise in January to leave the country if the Conservatives were returned to power with this policy on their legislative agenda, we have promptly ordered all of our staff to depart from the United Kingdom and to conduct all future development work abroad. […] Additionally, with immediate effect, we have moved our corporate headquarters to New York City, where open-source cryptography is firmly established as protected speech pursuant to the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, until such time as we can be certain that the relevant provisions of the Communications Data Bill will be stricken from it (otherwise, we will reincorporate in America and continue our business here).

(To add a “Go eris” at this point could be reasonably criticized for redundancy.)

May 29, 2015admin 12 Comments »

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  • Exit Pressure | Neoreactive Says:

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  • low income low status low brow juvenile reader Says:

    Must be nice


    Posted on May 29th, 2015 at 10:35 am Reply | Quote
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  • E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Says:

    >moving to New York
    Well, at least the NSA can hear you more clearly now, guys


    Erebus Reply:

    Can the NSA crack PGP? I could be wrong, but from what I’ve heard, the answer is either ‘no’, or ‘only with great difficulty.’ This might be wishful thinking, but if Eris’s products/services are robust enough, they might be able to shield some or all of their important data from the NSA.

    …But if that proposed “Draft Communications Data Bill” passes into law, it’ll become legally impossible to run a credible and trustworthy data security business out of the UK. It’ll also be impossible to merely implement credible data security measures, and, furthermore, there are going to be onerous regulatory requirements with respect to data retention. I don’t know if Parliament realizes what effect this will have on business.


    Mechanomica Reply:

    According to Snowden, they cannot. But he adds that endpoint security “is so terrifically weak that NSA can frequently get around it.” Which isn’t to say that people shouldn’t bother with encryption. It does make their job harder. It’s just that you should be prepared for the possibility that the message will not remain private (especially if the sender or receiver is only a hop or two away from someone they find interesting).


    E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Reply:

    And this is all moot if the NSA comes to you with a gag order and gets a device put in your back room. Can’t talk about it, the order is from a secret court, is sealed, even the sealing of it is secret, etc.

    Paper on the other hand, inside other paper, is reasonably secure from NSA intrusion

    Posted on May 29th, 2015 at 12:15 pm Reply | Quote
  • Brett Stevens Says:

    All we need is one Interzone state where “everything is true, everything is permitted” (positive nihilism) and the tendency of nations to write such bitchy laws will decrease. Switzerland was once a haven of that nature for the financial sector, as were the Caymans. Maybe someone else will find an island and set up something of the nature, but it will only work if they are 100% independent from UN, US and EU dependency.


    Rainer Chlodwig von Kook Reply:

    “an Interzone state where ‘everything is true, everything is permitted’ (positive nihilism)”

    First William Burroughs was a conservative hero; now fellow North African sodomy tourist Brion Gysin, as well? Quite the rogues’ gallery of role models you’re putting together. Who’s next? The Marquis de Sade?


    The Index Reply:

    While we’re on the subject of sodomy tourism, it would be interesting to see the radical right take back Foucault exegesis.


    Posted on May 29th, 2015 at 1:46 pm Reply | Quote
  • Lesser Bull Says:

    Of course it’s effective. It may not be effective at changing the UK government’s mind, but it is effective at getting Eris out from under. Exit is great as a feedback mechanism but it is an end in itself.

    No one homeschools to send a message to their school district.


    Posted on May 29th, 2015 at 3:30 pm Reply | Quote
  • Daws Says:


    r u guys glad about the ability of non-state actors to communicate discretely without police attention? y?

    in an age of big, ez weapons getting bigger and easier, I’m on team old boss

    not chiding ya’ll for positive analysis/reportage of actual conditions, tho


    Posted on May 29th, 2015 at 7:58 pm Reply | Quote

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