A brief history of the '90's "Crypto Wars"


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Many of us who lived through the time of Phil Zimmerman fighting felony charges are not entirely surprised by today's attacks on end-to-end encryption and other forms of digital privacy. This talk will delve into why we're not surprised, and why we feel so strongly about digital privacy.

The '90s (and leading up to it) were a time of uncertainty for many a hacker and phreak. When Bill Clinton came to office the fighting behind the scenes for privacy, and encryption, came to the fore thanks to the widespread availability of Pretty Good Privacy, among other tings. Let's talk about Clipper, ITAR, and multi-year legal bills brought about by a group of beauraucrats


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