[ooni-dev] [otf-projects] Revamping the Legal Lab

Esther Lim esther at opentechfund.org
Mon Jan 5 15:05:56 UTC 2015

Hey Arturo,

Thanks for reaching out. I think this would fall under the type of legal
question that Legal Lab can help you with. OTF itself will not be providing
legal advice, but we will connect you to people who can provide legal

I am talking to a few of our partners so I will get back to you soon. What
is your time line?



On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 4:37 PM, Arturo Filastò <art at torproject.org> wrote:

> Hi Esther,
> I think I had heard of this initiative, but only now I realize how it
> could be of good use for my project.
> I work on OONI an internet censorship measurement platform. Recently on
> our mailing list and on IRC we have had some discussions about the
> ethics of measurement and how to better informs users of they risks they
> may face when using our software.
> You can read more about this discussion here:
> https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/ooni-dev/2014-December/000205.html
> https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/ooni-dev/2014-December/000206.html
> https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/ooni-dev/2014-December/000207.html
> Recently a volunteer has suggested some ways to improve our warning text
> and you can see that here:
> https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/ooni-dev/2015-January/000208.html
> In there there are some question marks that would require some legal
> feedback.
> Is this something you or somebody from your team would be available to
> take a look at?
> We would also like in general to be able a go to person for legal
> support in the country of one of our users. I think it would be great if
> we could add to the legal disclaimer that for some set of countries we
> know who these legal help people are and that users should promptly
> contact us and we shall direct them to them.
> Any feedback and further advice would be great.
> Thanks!
> ~ Arturo
> On 1/5/15 3:29 PM, Esther Lim wrote:
> > Dear OTF Project,
> >
> > Happiest of Happy New Year.
> >
> > I am Esther, the newest addition to the OTF team and the current lead
> > for the OTF Legal Lab. I very much look forward to working with all of
> > you one way or another.
> >
> > We are looking to restructure, revamp, and remake the Legal Lab to
> > better suit your needs. But first, we need to know what might be helpful.
> >
> > To remind you, the Legal Lab has mostly served as an aggregating point
> > and a mediator between various Legal Clinics and our projects. We aim to
> > continue that aspect, but plan to expand in other ways.
> >
> > Please share your thoughts! You can find the Legal Lab Survey Here
> > <
> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1njfBDX23lXTu_alKcixD539YrTEQ79xkYgGVJ-VgBAw/viewform?usp=send_form
> >
> >
> > Thanks in advance,
> >
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Esther Lim
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