In 2011, the United Nations declared internet access a universal human right. That was a necessary step forward for digital freedom, but it’s far from sufficient—it needs to add encryption to the list.
Even in free societies with ample access to the World Wide Web, the freedom to use the internet means nothing if we don’t have privacy. And privacy means nothing if we don’t have encryption. That chain of logic isn’t obvious to everyone, so let’s break it down in reverse:
Why is encryption necessary for privacy?
Most people will imagine encryption as a padlock. When you send an encrypted message over the internet, its contents are “locked” to everyone but the recipient who holds the only key. “That’s nice,” you might say. “But what if someone breaks the lock without the key? What if someone has a blowtorch?”
And that’s where the metaphor breaks down. With physical locks, there’s always a way to pick them, saw them, or melt them open. And if a lock is robust enough to resist all but the most motivated (and well-financed) lock-pickers, then the lock itself is probably too expensive for the general public.
Encryption, however, is not a physical lock—it is mathematics. Once written into code, it costs virtually nothing to maintain and distribute. That’s important because the more things we encrypt, the stronger our online privacy. If only the sensitive information is encrypted, encryption becomes a signal to surveillance organizations that the information inside is worth monitoring!
The laws of mathematics are unbreakable in the purest sense possible. The standard encryption algorithm RSA, for example, is based on factoring or solving a multiplication problem in reverse.
It’s easy to multiply two prime numbers to get a substantial number (hundreds of digits long), but you’d need a supercomputer and more than a few lifetimes to waste if you wanted to figure out which two numbers you started with.
Encryption works. Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on.
— Edward Snowden
That makes encryption the only practical tool we have to keep data private even if it is intercepted. Like Edward Snowden said, “Encryption works. Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on.”
Why is privacy necessary for freedom?
“O.K.,” you might be saying at this point, “I can see why criminals would need privacy. But I have nothing to hide. The NSA isn’t interested in my chocolate chip cookie recipes.” Perhaps not. But the issue is less about the information gained by those who spy on us, and more about what it does to us.
Surveillance changes us. It’s a well-documented psychological phenomenon; people behave differently when they know they are being watched, and usually not for the better. Observation impairs performance, damages trust, and encourages conformity in those being observed.
It doesn’t matter whether you have any skeletons in your closet; just the fact that your closet is open for scrutiny limits your decisions about how you dress, walk, talk, and interact with other people.
That’s an especially tragic consequence for societies that purport to be “free.” Neil Richards, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, sums it up beautifully:
When we are watched, tracked and monitored, we act differently. There’s an increasing body of evidence that internet surveillance stops us from reading unpopular or controversial ideas. Remember that our most cherished ideas—that people should control the government, that heretics should not be burned at the stake and that all people are equal—were once unpopular and controversial ideas. A free society should not fear dangerous ideas, and does not need complete intellectual surveillance. Existing forms of surveillance and policing are enough.
— Neil Richards
A step in the right direction
With the growing need for encryption in a free society, it’s no surprise that the U.N. has taken a special interest. In a 2015 report from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, special rapporteur David Kaye said:
Encryption and anonymity, and the security concepts behind them provide the privacy and security necessary for the exercise of the right to freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age. Such security may be essential for the exercise of other rights, including economic rights, privacy, due process, freedom of peaceful assembly and association, and the right to life and bodily integrity.
— David Kaye
That’s a firm step toward progress, but the report did make an allowance for “court-ordered decryption” on a “case-by-case basis” (the equivalent of giving the TSA a universal key to your luggage). Companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple have spoken out against similar legislation in the U.S., despite officials at the highest levels remaining “sympathetic” to law enforcement.
Let’s hope the U.N. continues to be sympathetic to the link between encryption and freedom itself.
From fringe technology to ubiquitous feature
Over the past ten years, encryption technology has made its leap forward into the mainstream. Close to all our web browsing is now through HTTPS, encrypting the contents of our emails, social media and banking. The encrypted messenger app Signal might even overtake Whatsapp in number of users, and cryptocurrency payments are on the rise.
Encryption has yet to prove that it makes society freer and more vital, but for millions of individuals it’s already a feature that would be impossible to miss.
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The Democrats are the ones that breed racism. And then they want to pretend like they’re against it. They want to keep minorities dependent on welfare and foodstamps and under the delusion that they have to vote for the Democrats in order to keep receiving those benefits. The Democrats wrongly accuse white conservatives of being racist but the educated minorities know better. By the way it was a Republican that freed the slaves.
Let it be known I just deleted my entire response to you and have opted to simply say ‘kick rocks’. Oh and it was mighty white of you to bring up the slavery thingy like some badge of honor that makes you and your republicans the great white hope. Have you even heard some of the racist, dangerous, lieing things that have come out of your mouths? And to add insult to injury, you take credit for freeing slaves but no comment on segregation, jim crow, lynchings, the kkk, police brutality, ghettos, unfair lending practices separate and unequal education and on and on and on racist crimes against black people? No thank you. We will stick with the lesser of two evils, at lease there we have representation by people who look like us. The republicans mistake was allowing trump to show your true colors. Now we know what you look like, what you want and how far you will go to enslave us once again. We see you for who you really are. And by the way if I had to use one word to describe this, its vindication!
Might want to bone up on your research on who was behind Jim Crow, lynchings, ghettos, segregation, the welfare state, the KKK and all the other crap you’re spewing, because it wasn’t Republicans. It was Southern racist Democrats. White liberals are in charge of almost EVERY city with pervasive ghetto issues.
Perhaps servitude to your white liberal masters, who think you are too stupid to do much, is appealing to you, but those Republicans you hate just want the government – the same one enslaving African Americans to a welfare/victim mindset – not to mention fostering the us vs everyone mentality – to get out of people’s lives, leave them alone, and let them be free to achieve their own potential.
Talk to some black conservatives who switched and voted for Trump. See if they think he’s racist or against them. Let us know how the black community fares under the Marxism we’re entering. Spoiler: they will be destroyed by the people using them for votes, just like the rest of us.
Exactly!👍 It’s quit obvious this person is misinformed. A typical Democrat! No facts , proof or evidence. These hypocrite’s are devoid of the truth!
Yup! They are called useful idiots!
You might want to think about the fact that the Dems are using you to do there dirty work for them and then pointing their dirty fingers at us Rep.s
No. The word is Hypocrisy! The Left sounds so sanctimonious, and accuses anyone who thinks differently than they of being Evil, when they are the evil liars. Unfortunately, this always gets them a few more votes.
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While a VPN conceals your online activity from your ISP, hackers, and other third parties, advertisers can still track you in various ways.
The easiest solution is to log out of accounts like Google and Facebook and delete the cookies on your browser.
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I enjoy my series but where I live in SA we only get the latest episodes a year later so I stream and download the episodes, guess what I got temporarily blocked by my ISP for “copyright infringement” yet I wasn’t distributing just watching. Which is technically not allowed but I don’t mind paying it’s just I’m in the wrong country so I can’t.
So that’s saved me.
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I only found out about this in the past couple of years definitely knew just stay safe I’m a very outspoken person I say what’s in my heart communism is coming to America it’s already here a little bit🤔Everybody stay safe
Jesus christ this is about encryption not your bloody elections. Why are all the comments written by americans parroting stuff they heard on the news?
Sometimes I talk to people from the usa and the entire trump thing confuses me. Then you see threads like these and you go “oh that’s why.” You people are fucking nuts. Noone is bringing communism to america. A political system that is designed for cooperation does not work on rabid dogs.
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How to make a crypto.
Imagine you have two books. Both books are identical and have 1000 pages.
On each page of the books there is a ten by ten grid much like the battle ship game.
Both the horizontal and vertical sides are numbered zero through nine.
In each of the grid blocks there is a character from a key board.
Each character from the key board is listed at least once in the table.
The rest of the grid is filled in with random characters from the keyboard.
The location of each character is the encrypted code that is the output ( such as 4,9 or 1,5 ).
Each page is only used to encode one character of the message.
The sender and receiver agreed to which page to start the encoding and decoding of the first message. This is for the first message only.
Inside the encrypted message the sender tells the receiver which page they will start the next encrypted message on.
The encrypted message also includes “page commands.”
Page commands specify a page number and where it is to be relocated in both the sender’s and receiver’s books. There is no limit to the number of page commands.
Both books can have billions of pages.
Page commands can rearrange any number of pages.
By this method, no one would know the start or end of any message or word.
Letter frequencies of the alphabet don’t apply because each character has it’s own encryption and IS NOT connected to how any other character is encrypted.
You can also use a “wrap around”. This comes into play if a message “passes” the last page in the book. The coder simply wraps around to page one again and continues from there.
The encrypted message can also contain as many nonsensical characters as the user wants on either end or in the body of the message. Encoded these would look like any other character(s).
This process lends itself well to computer programming.
Every site you go to wants full control over your phone all your information. I like my privacy. I have nothing to hide, My time online is mostly about the love of God and loving one another but still don’t want anyone knowing everything I say and try to tell me who to connect to.
Hi modern combat 5
Because of racism in this country the government doesn’t actually consider us all equal. It’s sad but our government breeds racism. I know for a fact that our United States government secretly fund and works with some of these white supremacist groups. I am not a conspiracy theorist. I just speak what Is know. The government wants to make the United States an all white country.
What evidence can you provide? Share the links. Such a charge should be made public since you’re obviously telling the truth.
So, Lonnie, how long have you been addicted to Fentanyl?