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[3]: Comment by Luminair
by galvanash on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 21:22 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
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Not if the you give encrypted data to the other party.

What you are talking about isn't communication... Communication involves one party sending information to another party with the intent that they can read it. That requires a key exchange, and your back to the same problem...

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RE[4]: Comment by Luminair
by Lennie on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 22:04 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Luminair"
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I don't think Schmidt was talking only about communication, but maybe that was my interpretation.

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