Jeffrey Paul: Context

Jeffrey Paul


Nothing can hold meaning without context. A lot of what I write, think, and do is informed by a lot of implicit context. This page is an attempt at making some fraction of that more explicit.


John Locke: “Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.”

Informed Consent of Government Secrecy

If the government derives its power from the consent of the governed, then how can it possibly be justified that the government can legally keep secrets from those it governs? Can one not consent without being fully informed about that to which one is consenting?

Without being informed, consent is meaningless and irrelevant, and such a consent (necessarily from a subset, and likely a minority subset, of those being governed) cannot legitimately be used as a justification of keeping secrets from the governed.

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About The Author

Jeffrey Paul is a hacker and security researcher living in Berlin and the founder of EEQJ, a consulting and research organization.