The modern history of cryptography, from the early 1970s to the present day, provides a viewpoint upon an often neglected dimension of the modern tensions between personal privacy and public policymaking and, increasingly, between personal privacy and corporate interests. Once national governments, notably in the US, fought to keep strong encryption technologies out of the privacy armoury of the general public, but found themselves thwarted by post-Cold War globalisation and international commercial competition. Now it is the turn of corporations to seek to utilise the power of the State, through the intellectual property regime, both to restrict cryptographic research to legislatively 'approved' ends; and to turn encryption to the service of legally protected privacy invasive technologies.
|Translated title of the contribution||Munitions, Wiretaps and MP3s: The Changing Interface between Privacy and Encryption Policy in the Information Society|
|Title of host publication||The History of Information Security: a Comprehensive Handbook|
|Editors||K de Leeuw, J Bergstra|
|Pages||771 - 817|
|Number of pages||47|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|