The best argument against Government invasion of cryptography


In my recent blog-posts I heavily argued against key-escrow, an encryption mechanism that provides a government or law-enforcement agencies an additional key to encrypted user communication or data. This debate originally surfaced in 1993, known as the Clipper-Chip Debate, and quickly disappeared again when the Clinton-administration realized the protest they were facing. Today, the debate is back, advocated by law & order politicians who fancy Internet surveillance and censorship. The Washington Post just published an article against such proposals, giving one of the best arguments against key-escrowing I have heard in the entire debate so far:

“Strategically, the interests of U.S. businesses are essential to protecting U.S. national security interests. After all, political power and military power are derived from economic strength. If the United States is to maintain its global role and influence, protecting business interests from massive economic espionage is essential. And that imperative may outweigh the…

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