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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This isn't going to work
by muffenme on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 14:08 UTC
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On paper encryption work. The problem are the key to decrypt it are public, the random number generator aren't good for encryption, and only you and the target should only should see it.

If I know everything to read the file then I can read it no matter who I claim I am, it like it wasn't encrypted.
A set of number that give you the same set of number repeated isn't a random number generator, ex 8, 4, 9, 2, 5, 7, 1, 3, 0, 2, and then repeat.
How can I get the key to only the target without anyone else making a copy of it, copying data is easy.

I just can't see it work but it does.

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