cr> re: Government, Censorship, & Privacy


Richard Moore

Date: Fri, 19 Jan 1996
To: •••@••.•••
From: •••@••.••• (Jim Warren)
Subject: GovAccess.246.snoop: peepers+censors; Netscape+NSA; PGP; anonymous!


Net Censorship Precedents Would be Useful to Enforcers, IRS, etc.

Date: 09 Jan 96 08:45:09 EST
From: John Cooper <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Snoops+Censor: Investor's Business Daily Article

Today's IBD (1-9-96) printed an in-depth (for a newspaper) article on Pg. B1,
written by John A. Barnes, on the relationship between internet censorship and
the DES effort. As you have been hinting, "there is a hidden lobbyist" in the
censorship debate. The thrust of the article was that the FBI and the IRS
"wouldn't mind seeing the government set a precedent for deciding what can and
cannot go on the Internet" for several reasons.

 The article quoted economist Alan Reynolds of the Hudson Institute
(Indianapolis) as saying the government wants more control of the Internet, not
to curb smut or terrorism, but for *economic* reasons. To paraphrase Reynolds:
"It terrifies the government that in the future, encryped financial data will
make it more and more tough, if not impossible, to trace financial deals around
the world. How, then, to collect taxes?" Good article - good newspaper.

[Of course, that capability *is* available -- and undoubtedly already in
use. Financial criminals certainly aren't going to stop using
maximum/secure crypto to protect their privacy just because government
attempts to suppress it. The fed's suppression of secure privacy protection
merely assures that *innocent* citizens and businesses, and *stupid*
criminals will have no privacy.

And, as we imprison very bright computer crackers like Kevin Mitnick with
the general prison population, even dumb criminals are getting excellent
instruction in how to crack, snoop and protect their secrets -- the most
eagerly sought education that prisons provide.



Date: Sat, 20 Jan 1996
Sender: •••@••.••• (Jerome Thorel)
Subject: Big Business and key escrow

>>From Edupage

>IBM has agreed to provide the U.S. government with a special key that would
>enable government agents to more easily decode electronic messages, in
>exchange for permission to export a version of Lotus Notes that includes
>64-bit security.  The arrangement provides government officials with a key
>to the first 24 bits of security code, meaning that they only have to crack
>the remaining 40 bits to decrypt a message.  U.S. Notes customers already
>use a 64-bit system.  "We were desperate enough to try to negotiate a
>short-term, pragmatic solution," says Notes developer Ray Ozzie.  "But we do
>not believe this is the right long-term solution...  Our customers have been
>telling us that, unless we did something about the security, we could no
>longer call it a secure system."  (Wall Street Journal 18 Jan 96 B7)

Jerome Thorel ==-== Journaliste / Free-lance Reporter ==-== Paris, France
76 r Ph. de Girard F-75018 Paris ==-== tel 33.1-40358010 fax-40370853


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