Pluralistic: Pinkdrunk Linkdump (18 Nov 2023)

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  • Pinkdrunk Linkdump: Your semi-regular weekend declaration of link bankruptcy.
  • This day in history: 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018
  • Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading

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They’re still trying to ban cryptography

The sales office to data localization pipeline for mass surveillance.

An image of a crocodile with a wide open mouth; the Signal logo is in the mouth; in the background is the Union flag of the UK.
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Some bad ideas never die. Since the late 1980s, spy agencies and cops have argued that the public should not have access to working cryptography, because this would mean that terrorists, mafiosi, drug dealers and pedophiles will be able to communicate in perfect, unbreakable secrecy.

The problem is that working cryptography protects everyone, not just the Four Horsemen of the Infocalypse: the same cryptographic tools that protect instant messages and “Darknet” sites also protect your communications with your bank, your Zoom therapy session, and the over-the-air updates for your pacemaker and your car’s anti-lock braking system.

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Pluralistic: 22 Apr 2021

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