I am sorry about the comment being perceived as an insult. It was not intended as such.
If you guys want to help here with the fight back against the NSA then we would love to have you on board. But having random boycotts being called isn’t helping here.
Calling for a boycott on our one annual international trade show does not help us fight back against the NSA. That has to take precedence over punishing people even if it is proven they are guilty. I need the people from my tribe to be at that show so that they can tell people what they need to know.
Cory made a very strong accusation and the facts just don’t support it.
If you want to help then get in touch and we can make a serious campaign of it. But nothing is won by firing off at random targets. You don’t make or back a call for a boycott till you know that you have enough support for it to be credible. Otherwise you are making a test of strength that you can’t be sure you will win.
There has to be a demand as well. Punitive boycotts don’t work. They have to be forward looking and require some change. Demanding someone confess to something they didn’t do is not a logical demand.
If you really want to have a boycott I can give you a much better target: NIST has an annual conference on PKI. Sabotaging that would hit far closer to the source. It is a technical conference and we can easily set up a rival conference on the same dates with much bigger names.
We can easily replace internal industry events. We cannot easily replace outreach events where people from outside the industry attend. We only have one of those.