Why Are We Fighting the Crypto Wars Again?

Good history on the cryptology fight between the government and tech companies.

To exhume a term used endlessly by policy wonks and cypherpunks back in the day, “the crypto genie is out of the bottle.” You could say that from the moment Diffie and Hellman made their discovery, this was inevitable, since math cannot be censored, and the physics of security dictates that a system that allows a government backdoor simply can’t do its job of protecting information.

Diffie and Helllman were the guys who basically invented what is now modern day encryption used by tech companies world wide. The author talks about the crypto wars then and how the government eventually backed off.

As with the first round of the crypto wars, the stakes could not be higher. Once again, the government is seeking to control that genie first released by Diffie and Hellman. But the physics of computer security have not changed. Last July, a panel of fifteen eminent security specialists and cryptographers — many of whom are veterans of the first crypto war — released a report confirming there was no way for the government to demand a means of bypassing encryption without a dire compromise of security. It just doesn’t work.

Seems pretty black and white to me.

Why Are We Fighting the Crypto Wars Again? — Backchannel