“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?
it’s possible and it’s done. the problem isn’t figuring out how to do end-to-end encryption. the problem is keeping democratic control of governments sufficient to prevent banning encryption. and so far we’ve lost more battles than we’ve won. did you know there are illegal ways to use technology you own, in your own home? it’s like we’ve been banned from chopping onions a certain way.
the war on privacy ends in a final battle over whether or not obfuscated packets are allowed across the network at all. we’ve been on a straight line path to this since the 90s. after that I guess we’ve got quantum decryption computers to worry about!