Thursday, January 30, 2014

NSA tactics enabled by confusion of encryption technology exports in the 90s: a bigger risk for the average self-publisher?

Peter Swire has a perspective in the Washington Post today, Thursday, January 30, 2014, p. A19, “The culture war over Snowden”, called online “Why tech companies and the NSA diverge on Snowden,” link here

Silicon Valley (and that’s not silicone) would like to see the idea of “free knowledge” prevail, and resisted the government’s effort (during the Clinton years) to control exporting encryption technology. So the NSA started doing things that makes the entire Internet less safe for everyone so it could snoop even when supposed enemies used advanced encryption.
That doesn’t affect ordinary people very often, hardly at all, until it does.  The biggest risk to the ordinary person who perhaps leveraged his visibility without competing in the expected ways of the past could be being framed for something.  Maybe you don’t know you have a problem until you’re pulled out of line at the airport.  It’s remote, and very low probability, but a catastrophe for the person it happens to.

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