The Government's Fight to Make Encryption Illegal


Source: ReasonTV

This video is the third-part of a four part documentary by ReasonTV titled "Cypherpunks Write Code". From the video description: In 1977, a team of cryptographers at MIT made an astonishing discovery: a mathematical system for encrypting secret messages so powerful that it had the potential to make government spying effectively impossible...It was the beginning of the "crypto wars"—the legal and public relations battle between the intelligence community and privacy activists over the rights of citizens to use end-to-end encryption. Many of those who were involved in the crypto wars were associated with the "cypherpunk movement," a community of hackers, hobbyists, and computer scientists, which the mathematician Eric Hughes once described as "cryptography activists."

Keywords: Community , Hacking , History , Tech Ethics