To Liberation Tech:

Stanford is implementing a new security policy detailed here:

I am personally very concerned about steps #2 and #3. BigFix is basically a 
back door managed by IBM that gives them and Stanford control over your device. 
The IDF tool effectively means that the Stanford administration can 
continuously search your personal laptop for any objectionable material.

While there are some technical cases where one may be exempt from these new 
requirements, the way that it is being pushed out at Stanford is making people 
believe that they cannot use their cell phones or laptops on campus (i.e., 
connecting to the Internet, checking Stanford email, calendars, etc.) without 
agreeing to all of these requirements.

I fully support Stanford improving security on their own computers and 
networks, but installing a backdoor and surveillance systems on personal 
laptops seems to cross a line for me. Especially in an institution devoted to 
open inquiry. Especially in light of the mass surveillance revelations this 
past year.

I tried reaching out to the EFF, but did not receive any reply.

I expressed by concern to the Stanford administration. They replied to a few of 
my emails, but it left me with more questions than answers.

I am asking for advice from the community on whether this kind of encroachment 
has any precedents.

I'm also curious to hear people's thoughts on this matter.

Thank you in advance,

~Tomer Altman

Biomedical Informatics
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