Why We Encrypt

Bruce Schneier:

Every time you use encryption, you’re protecting someone who needs to use it to stay alive.

This is the clearest statement I’ve seen of the case for ubiquitous, on-by-default encryption.

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Gun Control and Strong Encryption

In light of recent events, I wondered if anyone was making a connection between gun control and the regulation of strong encryption. So I googled it and found that someone had: me, two years ago.

Related: why do so many news reports use the term “gunman” (emphasizing the noun; Google News has 2.49 million results in the past week) instead of “shooter” (emphasizing the verb; 216,000 results in the same week)? I think I know the answer.