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Breaking Encryption Hurts Our Defenses
« on: October 11, 2018, 07:17:20 AM »

Breaking Encryption Hurts Our Defenses
By Justin Sherman
October 10, 2018

The so-called “Five Eyes” recently pledged to force “encryption backdoors” into private systems. As I just wrote for Real Clear Policy, this has serious humanitarian implications, but it would also seriously harm those countries’ own cyber defenses.

Encryption backdoors operate on a relatively simple premise: The encryption keys used to keep information secret—which are usually only accessible to an end user, such as the recipient of a Signal message or the owner of an iPhone—are instead controlled by a third party, to access systems or data as desired. (Mashable has a great explainer here.)
When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British parliament was advised by an artful man [Sir William Keith], who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people. That it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them. But that they should not do it openly; but to weaken them and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia.
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