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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Meta-data encryption
by fabrica64 on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 23:31 UTC
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2013-09-19

End-to-end encryption is already there, but it's only one side of the problem. NSA get a lot of information just analyzing communication meta-data.
Simple example: if I send an encrypted e-mail to one of my friend it may be impossible to read the message, but everybody knows I have sent a message to a specific person.
Encrypting everything means encrypting also these information. For example using the tor network you get something similar, no info is unencrypted, nor the data you communicate to and from a site nor the site address.
I think we need help from corporation to build an encrypt all Internet and Tor may be an example where even bad guys running a Tor node can not break the Tor network

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