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Encryption and Rights of Liberty

Paul Ingemi

Edited by: W. A. Addison

25 October 2004


Advancements in cryptographic technology from World War II to the present day have consistently outpaced the ability of society to form a well-accepted democratic mechanism for governing the technology. This failure has led to dispute on the proper use of cryptography. This paper examines first the historical and social dimensions of this divide between society and cryptography, then analyzes the liberal political framework for proper use of this technology, and lastly proposes obligations cypherpunks have to educate the public concerning computer technologies and individual freedoms.

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Paul Ingemi 2004-10-25