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Why undermining encryption is an awful idea

Western governments, notably the UK and the US, are pushing the software industry to open “backdoors” into our encrypted communications. The argument touted by government agencies for nearly 20 years is that terrorists use strong encryption to hide their communications, therefore we should ban strong

Why Adobe Flash must die

After more than 20 years making the Web a slightly more interesting and interactive place, albeit one that pandered to designers’ worst excesses and (in pre-broadband days) led to interminable download waiting times, the word on the Internet is that “Adobe

BlackBerry slams gov’t snooping proposals

BlackBerry has rejected political moves to ban strong encryption, saying that it’s a short-sighted policy that would not serve companies or governments. British Prime Minster David Cameron recently indicated that his government was intent on banning

Dear David Cameron…

You recently proposed that all Internet apps — and their users’ communications — be compelled to make themselves accessible to state authorities. I want to explain why this is a very bad idea even though it might seem like a no-brainer. You said: “I have a very

Don’t let politicians choke the Internet

We have spent years promoting the need for change in our approach to Internet infrastructure, forcing politicians to recognise it as a serious issue. So it’s great to see US President Barack Obama tackling the issue in his state of the union address. You may agree or disagree

US, UK in cyber war games

The financial institutions of the City of London and Wall Street are to take part in a series of “war game” exercises aimed at testing their resilience to cyberattack. The announcement comes as British Prime Minister David Cameron travelled to the White House to

Why David Cameron’s wrong on encryption

British Prime Minister David Cameron has stated that the UK government will look at “switching off” some forms of encryption in order to make society safer from terror attacks. This might make a grand statement

The futility of online censorship

It was disappointing to learn that Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, is planning to go ahead with a scheme to censor his citizens’ access to the Internet. His statements were accompanied by the same tired refrain that we have heard many times in the past: “I’m doing it for the children.” If the