A study of encryption platforms worldwide earlier this year concurred. “The smart criminals that any mandatory backdoors are supposed to catch – terrorists, organized crime and so on – will easily be able to evade those backdoors,” according to “A Worldwide Survey of Encryption Products” written by Bruce Schneier of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, independent security researcher Kathleen Seidel, and Saranya Vijayakumar, a Harvard student.
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Bruce Schneier, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, says “there is no clear answer” on when the government is justified in keeping flaws to itself for its own hacking purposes, in part because more information is needed on how often flaws are disclosed to companies running the software.
“You don’t want to alienate half your customers, and if you were to declare an allegiance independent of the reader to whom you are supposed to be tailoring a feed, I think that could really hurt your business,” said Jonathan Zittrain, faculty director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
“Some analysts think this is the future—it’s huge, as big as the Internet and World Wide Web,” says David O’Brien, a senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at HLS. “It’s hard to separate the hype from reality, but signs suggest we’re at the early stages of a tectonic shift.”
Wyden had demanded feedback on the report, produced by Harvard’s Berkman Center, during a February hearing on the topic. Titled “Don’t Panic,” the study suggests that law enforcement will be able to turn to alternative data streams in order to conduct needed surveillance.
“It’s just unfortunate,” said Patrick Murck, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and a co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation. “It’s just another piece of senseless drama that is a distracting from the really important stuff that’s happening.”
One of the important recent contributions to the encryption debate was a report from the Berkman Center at Harvard, “Don’t Panic.”
A new report from Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society is criticizing the state for delaying funding for a regional network.