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Let’s Talk About Encryption (Again!)

And so the debate around back-doors in cryptography bubbles up again [here]:

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The statement has been signed by the UK, Australia, Canada, India, Japan, New Zealand and the United States governments. It starts out with great intensions, with a grand statement:

“Encryption is an existential anchor of trust in the digital world and we do not support counter-productive and dangerous approaches that would materially weaken or limit security systems”

But, the tension around backdoors in cryptography soon comes to the surface with:

  • sets out the severe impact on public safety where end-to-end encryption is implemented in a way that precludes all access to content, even to investigate the most serious crimes, including terrorism, and child sexual exploitation and abuse.

And we have the Catch-22 situation around wanting strong end-to-end encryption, but asking tech companies to allow access. I have no answers for this delemia, so, here’s a bit on an analysis from the last time this topic came to the surface:

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Professor of Cryptography. Serial innovator. Believer in fairness, justice & freedom. EU Citizen. Auld Reekie native. Old World Breaker. New World Creator.

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