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[liberationtech] to encrypt or not to encrypt?

Joseph Lorenzo Hall joe at cdt.org
Fri Jun 21 09:57:02 PDT 2013



On Fri Jun 21 12:51:11 2013, phryk wrote:
> On Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:55:57 -0400
> Nadim Kobeissi <nadim at nadim.cc> wrote:
>
>> The solution to this is to make encryption more and more widely used.
>> By increasing the number of people with access to encryption
>> technology for their communications, we dilute this threat.
>
> My thought exactly, just encrypt ALL THE THINGS and let those people
> deal with humungous amounts of data, most of which will be completely
> useless even if decrypted.

What about the theory that by encrypting all the things we are feeding 
some massively large NSA cryptanalysis project that uses different 
flavors of ciphertext to find weaknesses? Very conspiracy theorist-y, 
but I've heard a few people say that maybe we shouldn't "donate" 
unnecessary ciphertext to such a project. :/

best, Joe

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