Secrecy for Everyone, as Encryption Goes to Market

    Date20 May 2000
    CategoryCryptography
    3543
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Austin Hill has become skilled at speaking for those hard-core computer programmers who spend their time making sure that no one not hackers nor marketers nor government investigators can pull aside the curtains cloaking their electronic domains. As president of . . . Austin Hill has become skilled at speaking for those hard-core computer programmers who spend their time making sure that no one not hackers nor marketers nor government investigators can pull aside the curtains cloaking their electronic domains. As president of Zero-Knowledge Systems, which builds privacy software, Mr. Hill has spoken at conferences around North America, espousing the credo that a person's online movements are no one else's business.

    So when he stood up last month at the Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference in Toronto to kick off a low-budget ritual known as the Big Brother Awards, he was relaxed and smiling. Standing on a makeshift platform in a crowded lobby, he joked that his company had spent a million dollars to sponsor the event.
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