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Re: The problem of playing politics with our constitutional rights



Nice idea Declan, but what's "lots of folks"?  Rhetorical question --
what percentage of the populace in the U.S. is even on the net?  Another
one -- of those, what percentage even know what PGP is?

On one list I'm on, people whine all too often how difficult PGP is; on
another, most probably would think PGP is a drug.  Hmmm ....

Of course education of less well-versed net users is important.  But if
we're talking the Now instead of the Future, education of those not even
on the net may be more important.

So, the last rhetorical question -- how do you convince someone who's
never used a browser (the vast majority of the voting populace, I'd
think) why crypto is important?

-Jim

Declan McCullagh wrote:
> 
> Your general idea is right-on. If lots of folks use crypto, it'll be
> politically more difficult for the government to ban it. But do many
> browser users even //know// they're using an encrypted channel? Probably
> not. This is an education issue as well as a deployment issue.
> 
> -Declan
> 
> On Thu, 11 Sep 1997 [email protected] wrote:
> 
> > I still maintain... they can diddle one another all they want
> > in washington... if ENOUGH people use crypto everyday...
> > there's bascially not a damned thing they can do about it...
> > If it becomes 'fashionable' to use it -- whatever it takes...
> > the sheer numbers will work...
> > Why not a 'crypto' YES WWW thing like our blackout pages???
> > If enough people put those perl lines on their hompage...
> > there you are -- instant mass 'export'.... boom...
> >
> > Larry.
> >
> >