[Re: Crypto Technology Policy]
Sat Feb 13 04:21:32 PST 1993
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Message-Id: <9302130952.AA06229 at toad.com>
To: "Vinton G. Cerf" <vcerf at CNRI.Reston.VA.US>
Subject: Re: Technology Policy and Information Infrastructure
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 93 01:52:35 -0800
From: gnu at toad.com
Vint, if your testimony will touch on "technology policy" as it relates to
cryptograpy policy, then here are a few more "sound bits":
* Privacy and authenticity technologies are key to reliable
and trustworthy social and business interactions over networks.
* Current government policies actively prohibit and inhibit the
research, design, manufacturing, sale, and use of these technologies.
* Taxpayers have been investing many billions of dollars per year
in these technologies, in the NSA "black budget", but have seen no
return on this investment.
* Current "cold war" policy should be turned on its head. Privacy
is one of the fundamental rights from which the Bill of Rights was
derived. Government policy should encourage privacy technologies.
Government controls on cryptography should be completely removed.
* The taxpayer investment in privacy technologies should be returned to
the taxpayers by declassifying NSA research and encouraging its
widespread deployment to protect domestic civilian communications.
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