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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Not at all, it's just Tor in a box. All it does is hide your IP address and it does nothing about all the other ways you (or your system actually) can be identified. Tor is also not secure since as soon as you leave the Tor network, which you will do 99% of the time, you use the same old http/https/ftp/whatever protocols so unless you use an already secure protocol, like https, nothing is gained.
Also, think about this: who pays for the heavy-duty, high-bandwidth exit nodes and why?

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