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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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 18:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
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It isn't a matter of being "ok" or not, it's just a few simple facts about the world you're living in. Your (dis)approval of the facts is irrelevant.

Am I happy about it? No, of course not, and I don't allow myself the illusion that we have any true privacy, freedom, or democracy to begin with. I don't know why anyone would considering everywhere you look, you find evidence to the contrary.

You imply I'm speaking with `sheep mentality`, ... By all means go ahead and back that claim up by explaining how anything I've said qualifies as such. Considering how tall of an order that is, take as long as you like trying.

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