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 Soulbender on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 05:50 UTC
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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.

Is something like that even possible?


No, not regardless of destination and protocol. Some protocol's does not support encryption and some destinations don't. also, companies and governments obviously have to be involved when you're using their services.
HTTP 2 will most likely do encryption by default but even then the "Internet" is bigger than HTTP and there's fallback for unencrypted connections.

Edited 2013-11-22 05:53 UTC

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