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Every now and then, police or someone in government will complain that encryption is bad. The arguments are pretty much always the same: encryption is bad because it allows criminals to hide or because it enables terrorists to communicate without the intelligence agencies able to read along. Or, if all other arguments fail, it allows people to deal in child pornography. While technically there is some truth to these arguments, they aren’t good arguments against the use of encryption. Let me share with you why the war on encryption is a bad idea.

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A wise man once said that the sum of intelligence in the world is a constant, while the human population is growing. The more I look around and see or hear things, the more I’m convinced he may have been on to something with that statement. Everywhere you look, it seems like people are just getting dumber. (more…)