Crypto War II

Sascha D. Meinrath, Sean Vitka

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Revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA) and other intelligence agencies' widespread surveillance in the summer of 2013 have accelerated America's path toward a second critical battle over public cryptography. Because so much more of our society is now online, Crypto War II will be a far more devastating conflagration than the Crypto War of the 1990s-one that pits our fundamental right to control the computers and smart devices that are becoming an everyday part of our lives against a combination of corporate and government interests. While the Summer of Snowden has received widespread media coverage, the potential alignment of private and public sector surveillance interests pose a far greater threat to free communication in the 21st century than we've yet realized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-128
Number of pages6
JournalCritical Studies in Media Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication


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