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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Pretty much all protocols that you use on the Internet were 'design by committee'.

No, not really. Many were created by an individual or a company/organization and then got standardized with RFC's.
Others, like IPSEC and DNSSEC, started out as committee projects and suffers from being overly complex and difficult to implement. Too many chefs.
(although in fairness, DNSSEC is nowhere near as bad as IPSEC)

Edited 2013-11-24 04:10 UTC

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