From: Lars Hecking (lhecking at domain nmrc.ucc.ie)
Date: Wed 12 May 1999 - 19:57:57 IST
> how do you feel knowing that as we move into a more and more wired
> world, crypto is deliberately regulated so as to always be easily
> crackable by the big-boys?
Well, it fits perfectly into the overall trend towards a police state.
We are getting closer and closer to "1984", but in much more subtle
ways than anticipated (public video cameras "to reduce crime levels",
anyone? Echelon?) The centuries-old paradigm of protecting the citizens
f_r_o_m_ the state (of which the controversial right to bear arms
in the US constitution derives; I'm the opposite of a gun nut, btw) has
been reversed and changed into a policy of protecting the citizens b_y_
the state - at all cost, even at the expense of civil liberties. I'm not
refering to any specific country, but the western democracies in general.
Whenever certain groups can (or think they can) profit from new
technology, this technology will be used. Regardless of ethical
or moral concerns.
<Off to get my Asbestos underwear ...>
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