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Re: (fwd) A Silver Bullet to Limit Crypto?
In making public-policy arguments, analogies are dangerous. You need to take
time to explain them. The opposition can use other analogies. It's far more
effective to argue on the facts.
With respect to encryption, the outgoing administration has argued successfully
that encryption is the computer equivalent of a saturday night special. That
there is no reason to use encryption unless you don't want law enforcement to
be able to read what you send. They say that it is only useful against lawful
wiretaps, because there are other protections against unlawful wiretaps (ie:
The way to attack this is not by making an analogy to photocopiers, but by
saying that there are many unlawful wiretaps, breakins, and thefts, and that
most of them go unknown and unreported. Argue that most communications that
people have an interest in protecting are not about kidnappings but about
business dealings. Argue that encryption is vital for communicating with
overseas offices, where wiretaps are even more common. Argue that it is
important for protecting information on your hard disk which can be stolen.
No need to argue with analogy.