Can public encryption survive?


— 12:33 PM on September 21, 2001

There has been a lot of talk about publicly-available encryption of late, and some blame assessed in the wake of the tragic events of the 11th. With a survey finding that 54% of US citizens favoring restrictions on encryption, even if it infringed on their privacy, it seems inevitable that we'll see some kind of legislated changes.

Encryption may become an unfortunate scapegoat in the blame game, and I'm not sure there's really much that can be done. With the majority of the public likely not understanding the encryption's broader benefits, I have little doubt in my mind that the world of public encryption will be restricted. The question is, by how much?

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