In the information age, communication security is paramount. It ensures the secure flow of money in electronic commerce, the free exchange of ideas and the flourishing of democracy, even in hostile regimes. Fortunately, the tools to secure communications are widely available and people around the world have access to strong encryption, unbreakable by any government. Encryption can be found in source code, with open peer-reviewed algorithms that can be implemented in any programming language, embedded in software and layered on top of any communications channel. The cat is well out of the bag. Yet, the U.S. government wants to pursue a futile effort to reverse history, putting the entire Internet in peril in pursuit of an illusion.
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