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[liberationtech] On the technical and legal aspects of security, transparency, and audibility of the NSA surveillance data.

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 1 18:07:18 PDT 2013


On 07/01/2013 07:06 PM, Landon Hurley wrote:
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>   (And the quote I cannot find ATM from the cryptography guy back in the 1800s who
>> said you should be able to describe how a cryptosystem works without
>> breaking it probably applies here.)
>   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerckhoffs's_principle

Yeah, that's the one!

The Wikipedia entry also mentions Shannon's Maxim.  Maybe in
the future I should just make a rule of starting at Shannon, and
I'll have a good probability of working forwards or backwards to
the thing I was trying to find. :)

-Jonathan

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> Unethical - adj. A word describing anything I don't like that makes me feel bad regardless of whether I have actually considered the thing in question.
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