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 ilovebeer on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 16:51 UTC
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Censorship, like invasion of privacy, is "for your own good" and therefore is going to happen whether you like it or not -- assuming you're even aware it's happening to begin with.

Why anyone thinks they can have any real privacy or freedom in today's world is beyond me. Controlling everything & everyone is what "we" are all about as a species, and those with the power to do so aren't going to stop because you don't like it. People aren't even allowed to know about the food they put into their mouths (ie: GMO's) so what does that tell you?

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