Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Nov 2013 23:46 UTC
Internet & Networking

"We can end government censorship in a decade," Schmidt said during a speech in Washington. "The solution to government surveillance is to encrypt everything."

Setting aside the entertaining aspect of the source of said statement, I don't think encryption in and of itself is enough. Encryption performed by companies is useless, since we know by now that companies - US or otherwise - are more than eager to bend over backwards to please their governments.

What we need is encryption that we perform ourselves, so that neither governments nor companies are involved. I imagine some sort of box between your home network and the internet, that encrypts and decrypts everything, regardless of source or destination. This box obviously needs to run open source software, otherwise we'd be right back where we started.

Is something like that even possible?

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by MOS6510 on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 07:46 UTC
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Isn't the government elected by the people and representing the interests of the people?

I think we should always try and make systems and communications more secure, but it's rather strange and a rather unwanted situation that we should be protecting us against people we choose to protect us.

Okay, I guess it's naive to even hope one day governments stop trying to lie, cheat and f*ck us over, but I don't think we should just accept that as a fact and treat it as normal.

If we increase our defenses they'll just step up their offenses. Encryption of certain data could be come illegal, encryption of any data will become illegal after that. If they can't snoop digitally they just start driving through the streets or post in front of your house. They stop having to prove you are guilty, you will have to start prove you are not.

What we need civil digital rights have these made constitutional.

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