Re: call for a global prohibition on encryption

From: Extropian Agro Forestry Ventures Inc. (
Date: Sat Sep 15 2001 - 08:37:52 MDT

There are 2 ways for security to go tighter or abolish completely.

I joked that one way to avoid weapons would be to for example to board the
plane naked.

Similarly covert and secret communications both "good" and "evil" might be
slowed up by "carnivore" snagging via anti-encryption software loaded on all
com. devices
(here we go again on that point) . Any doc. the program feels to be
encrypted would be automatically destroyed and the sender notified of this

The downside to all this would be that each and every person wishing to make
personal business actions secure would have to transmit a personal ID code
some sort of device integrated into the human body which could provide
absolute verification of the users identity.

Trying to find a secure way to reduce the need for security.... not likely
to be practical ????....


Anders Sandberg wrote:

> It was only to be expected. Note that we now are essentially back to
> square one with the clipper chip, but now with the added feature of
> global prohibitions and a likely strong support from the public and
> politicians. It is going to be an uphill battle to argue against this
> (especially in the US) without sounding like helping terrorism - despite
> that these backdoors would at most help trace people *after* a nefarious
> deed, not prevent it... Unless certain agencies are also given the
> rights to do some premptive searching, which might appeal to quite a few
> people too right now :-(
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