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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RE[4]: Comment by pcunite
by Lennie on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 09:21 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by pcunite"
Lennie
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You just need something to anchor that trust on.

Currently, trust is anchored in your browser by including a bunch of CA root certs.

The easiest way currently to do something about that would be DNSSEC and DANE.

Where all DNS data (domain names and public-key information) is signed directly by the owner of the domain.

Everyone already trusts DNS. Your visiting www.osnews.com right ? Not: 74.86.31.159

Edited 2013-11-23 09:22 UTC

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