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Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Undermining Encryption Would Be A "bad idea"

     
3:23 pm on Apr 4, 2017 (gmt 0)

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The web's inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has weighed in over the demands of the authorities to permit back-doors into web encryption.

He said that undermining encryption would be a "bad idea."

The fact that encryption exists means that subversive groups could create and use their own system, and thereby avoiding using existing systems.

"Now I know that if you're trying to catch terrorists it's really tempting to demand to be able to break all that encryption but if you break that encryption then guess what - so could other people and guess what - they may end up getting better at it than you are," he said. Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Undermining Encryption Would Be A "bad idea" [bbc.co.uk]
12:24 am on Apr 7, 2017 (gmt 0)

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At the time of conception, the web had no need for encryption. I think what Berners-Lee had originally envisioned for the internet has long been lost, reinvented & repackaged.
12:39 am on Apr 7, 2017 (gmt 0)

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There's bad actors everywhere, any place, any time. Security had to be created in that regard against lawlessness. When that security is good enough to prevent governments from spying on their people then it becomes a "bad thing" for law enforcement. All of this was predictable at the time the internet was created.
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Anyone who believes this stuff is just so naive to begin with its unbelievable, its all #*$! there is no encryption problem, they already have access.