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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It is all about exchanging keys
by ThomasFuhringer on Mon 25th Nov 2013 08:25 UTC
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I would say it all comes down to the organisational issue of exchanging keys. The encryption technology is there for two parties to have a private conversation. But for it to be really secure they would have to exchange their keys through some other media first. As long as they rely on some central party to issue them a key, that party will always be able to eavesdrop and give access to the government.

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