In CONVERSATIONS on July 5, 2011 at 8:22 am
Several SmartCards

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After reading the above articles and looking at the data, some points need to be made, some questions asked. Quoting from the letter sent by Ross Andersen,  it is clear that the UK CARDS ASSOCIATION considered censoring thesis research as a rather more suitable response to clear proof that the Smart Card is indeed not what the banks made it out to be – the end in all for the protection of the client.
Second, you seem to think that we might censor a student’s thesis, which is lawful and already in the public domain, simply because a powerful interest finds it inconvenient. This shows a deep misconception of what universities are and how we work. Cambridge is the University of Erasmus, of Newton, and of Darwin; censoring writings that offend the powerful is offensive to our deepest values. “
What strikes me especially,  is the banks insistence to keep any information about the weaknesses of Smart Cards from the public and away from public discourse and peer review, even if this information is second or third hand information that has already been put out there. This is not an attempt only at censorship to prevent data from becoming public,  this is censorship on a second, more astounding level, censorship that prevent scientific data in the public domain from participation in the great global scientific narrative.  This reeks of totalitarian tenacity and mendacity.
“Omar’s thesis does not contain any new information on the No-PIN vulnerability. That was discovered by Steven Murdoch, Saar Drimer and me in 2009, disclosed responsibly to the industry, and published in February this year. It is not expected that an M Phil thesis contains novel scientific work.”
Please read the underlined above very carefully: what the UK CARDS ASSOCIATION is trying to do is not only to prevent their secrets about the inefficiencies of the Smart Card System becoming known,  they are specifically trying to prevent Tertiary Institutions from teaching their students anything that does not conform to the Banking Industry‘s public relations propaganda.  They are in fact, trying to burn books that’s unkind to the ‘Reich’.
“Omar’s work describes and publishes the design of a platform for investigating and testing generally and its primary uses are defensive: first, to enable customers to monitor transactions if they wish, and second to enable merchants and banks to test their own systems to see whether their system suppliers are telling the truth about security. “
What is especially interesting, is the attempt by the CARDS ASSOCIATION to ban the publication of a thesis that supplies a design for a platform for the monitoring of transactions by (a) the client and (b) to enable the banks and the merchants to test their system in order to verify the claims made by the system suppliers (CARD ASSOCIATION & Ass). How uncomfortable will the banks be, when you as a client can independently verify your transactions and can show deviations and dishonesty where you find it.  The banks use a device built and supplied by Barnes International, a similar device named a Terminal Communications Device.  And take note,  this is what they need to prevent – monitoring of terminal communication.
We believe this attitude adopted by the Banking Industry has more to it than just the above.  The banking industry is busy importing very sophisticated smart functions into these Smart Cards, functions to monitor and follow you – – systems that basically mean that the television set will start watching you, metaphorically speaking.  Their blind and vexatious defense of the Smart Card, is borne out of these ambitions, and they will not allow anything to stop them from gaining this insight and participation in your private life. Please read our future conversations whence this will be elucidated.

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