Which threat should we deal with first? [cr-95/9/28]


Sender: •••@••.••• (Allen  L  Marshall)

I'd like to pose a question and offer a statement to the readers of the
Cyber-Rights list.

1.  The question:
        How effective do you think government measures against encryption
(The Clipper Chip, the EuroCouncil's recent legislation, etc.) will be
against encrypted messages.  The Internet seems to teach one thing:  There
is always another way to do it.  Would this not be true of encryption?
     (I'm no math wiz, I certainly couldn't write an encryption method from
scratch...I know it would not be easy, but I doubt it would be impossible.)

2.  The general statement:
        I believe the Internet is a threat to the power now held by
national governments.
        Why?  Because the Internet, no matter how hard we try to fight it,
causes us to think on a global level.  Perhaps I'm a bit biased.  I go out
of my way to experience the Internet as a world entity.  Some never want to
communicate with people outside of their nations borders.  They'd never
have to.

        In the US, we seem to be entering another isolationist phase.
Xenophobia is high, as are other forms of hatred.  I think we'll fall
behind other non-nationalist movements in the next few years, but I believe
a global society is unavoidable.

Would anyone like to respond to either of these?  I've been writing on the
above statements, and I'd like to receive your opinions.

Thank you
allen marshall

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