Re: Transparent Society

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Tue, 4 Nov 1997 13:22:53 -0800 (PST)

> This is only part of it. I still don't have his deep distrust of
> encryption but I agree that it is unlikely to magically kill off
> government.

I'm not sure Brin is "distrustful" of encryption as such, so much
as he is disdainful of the cypherpunk community in particular, and
frankly I tend to agree. As much as I admire encryption technology
itself, and welcome its consequences such as electronic trade and
elimination of copyrights, the community of cypherpunks itself has
always struck me as a bit juvenile and paranoid. I don't have that
big a hard-on for privacy, and most of the people I've met who do
just aren't as interesting as people who are less concerned.

It is also worth noting that the technologies of strong encryption
are just as useful at ensuring openness as privacy.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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