GNU-Darwin authentication and encryption position paperSep 15, 2001, 12:02 (24 Talkback[s])
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"...Policy makers might be tempted to enforce a top-down encryption and authentication scheme which includes back doors for various parties. Such measures may receive strong backing from certain vendors of proprietary encryption solutions and web commerce interests, because they stand to benefit from an exclusive government contract. Such a proprietary lock-out would lead to a disastrous outcome in wartime, because back doors will certainly be found and exploited by our enemies leading to unnecessary loss of life. Moreover, a uniform encryption scheme leaves the US with far greater vulnerability, when the scheme is inevitably broken by our enemies. Monolithic authentication schemes are clearly not the answer, whereas broad based diversity is a part of America's strength. Americans must be free to make their own choices about encryption and authentication software, especially now that we are all coming together for a common purpose.
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