[ExI] Encryption

Dave Sill sparge at gmail.com
Wed Jan 22 14:10:58 UTC 2020

On Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 9:01 AM John Clark via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> A decade or two ago this list was very pro encryption so I thought some
> might still be interested in these developments. The current
> presidential administration has pressured Apple to drop its plan to use end
> to end encryption on all its products:
> Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups
> <https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-fbi-icloud-exclusive/exclusive-apple-dropped-plan-for-encrypting-backups-after-fbi-complained-sources-idUSKBN1ZK1CT>
> It seems that governments just don't like encryption, or at least they
> don't like it when it's used to prevent them from knowing what their
> citizens are saying, but they love encryption when its used to prevent its
> citizens from knowing what the government is doing. China has long been on
> the anti-encryption bandwagon and now India has jumped on too and wants to
> stop civilian use of it; of course political leaders want to continue to
> use it among themselves, heaven forbid that citizens find out what they're
> up to:
> India will force companies to trace messages back to their originators
> <https://thenextweb.com/in/2020/01/22/report-india-will-force-whatsapp-telegram-to-trace-sensitive-messages-back-to-their-originators/>

Attempts to control/limit/weaken encryption are popular with authoritarians
but are foolish and will fail, in the long run. That won't stop them from
trying, of course.

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