crypto vs state power

CyperpunksThis was one of the best books I read in 2013.  I think you won’t get full spectrum analysis on this book unless you also read Julian’s work on Conspiracies which is available as a PDF online.  One compelling insight of the book is that the government cannot defeat encryption or mathematics in general with brute force.  A valid counterpoint is that they could just torture you until you give up your password, but let’s assume that you are anonymous and you have encrypted data.  Then you have a situation where the individual can operate outside of the power of the government, which is a very rare occurrence in our society.  He thinks that it is the first step to maintaining freedom, however, I don’t think there’s any hope for freedom what soever, just slow motion descent into tyranny, but I enjoy the philosophical quest for freedom in the age of the super militarized state.  The book had many other good points, and I recommend to the reader, also, the exchange between Julian Assange and Eric Schmidt which is available online as an MP3.


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