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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Wanna see 'em sweat?
by c1346321 on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 20:59 UTC
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2013-11-22

I've always wanted to ask companies this question:

If you were providing information to the Government under a classified program, would you tell us?


And what would really happen if Larry Page released the exact numbers of FISA Courts requests and NSL? Would the Federal Marshals really go in and arrest him? And how long would a billionaire really be kept behind bars?

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RE: Wanna see 'em sweat?
by ilovebeer on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 21:27 in reply to "Wanna see 'em sweat?"
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2011-08-08

I've always wanted to ask companies this question:

If you were providing information to the Government under a classified program, would you tell us?

We already know the answer -- it's NO!

And what would really happen if Larry Page released the exact numbers of FISA Courts requests and NSL?

Not sure but I don't see much relevance in what the exact number is in the larger picture.

Would the Federal Marshals really go in and arrest him? And how long would a billionaire really be kept behind bars?

Our justice system is far too corrupt for any American billionaire to spend any real time in prison, much less a real prison. The 1% here don't play by the same rules and suffer the same consequences the average citizen does. We found out the hard way that if you're in the top 1%, you can decimate peoples entire life savings and the only thing that will come of it is an increase in pay and your biggest bonus ever. Prison? Please, ... that's for the regular people.

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