Communicating Conspirators

shapj@us.ibm.com shapj@us.ibm.com
Thu, 18 Nov 1999 15:29:41 -0500


> Is my
> email program expressing my intentions (making me the actor) or is it
> expressing the intentions of its author (making him the actor) or is it
> expressing the intentions of the author of the compiler which was used to
> compile the email program (making her the actor) or is it expressing the
> intentions of...? Trying to pin this down is just a recipe for madness
and
> confusion.

Nah.  Very easy to solve.  Forall X, if party X influenced the creation or
execution of your application, and is out to get you, assume the program
expresses the intentions of X.

Jonathan S. Shapiro, Ph. D.
Research Staff Member
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
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