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“But what about our encryption rights?”


When the evil of violent monopolies, called governments, is pointed out, people usually respond with things such as: “but what about human rights?”. As if it wasn’t enough that today even the cat requests its own rights, now a UN report says freedom of expression depends on the use of encryption. How interesting… I bet cryptography and the internet are glad that international law is coming to the rescue. Our dear hash functions must be rejoicing in the news that they won’t be inverted by government decree…

Let’s see. Since when has freedom of expression been an issue in secret communications? It’s an issue in public, open communications. Do people really worry that they cannot “freely” express stuff that is impossible to decipher, or that they can safely say in the privacy of their home? Of course not. This is just a quarrel between politicians and geeks turned politicians that does not concern freedom – let alone rational sense – in the slightest, but the complete opposite.

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