Despite other government spokespeople who want to either outlaw encryption or else want to add “back doors” to all encryption products so that government snoops can see everything you are doing, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is pursuing the exact opposite goal. DARPA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense and therefore the DARPA projects are funded by the U.S. government.
DARPA wants to make online privacy possible for every individual through a program dubbed The Brandeis Project.
It’s named after Supreme Court Associate Justice Louis Brandeis, who penned the paper The Right to Privacy back in 1890. In his piece, which he co-authored with Samuel D. Warren, the two conceptualized the idea that harm could be done to an individual in other ways beyond the physical.
You can read the full story about the Brandeis Project in an article by Natalie Shoemaker in the BigThink web site at http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/darpa-wants-to-bring-privacy-back-to-the-american-people.
Comment: While U.S., British, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, India, China, and other repressive government officials are working hard to either block encryption or to place holes as large as Swiss cheese in the encryption products, such efforts are doomed to failure. All efforts by those governments can only be enforced against encryption products made in those countries. However, most other countries are more concerned with individuals’ rights to privacy and actively encourage development of high-quality encryption products for use by anyone and everyone.
As long as the Internet remains an international service (and who can stop that?), high-quality encryption products will always be available from companies that legally create those products in countries that support privacy rights. Users in the U.S., the U.K., Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, India, China, and other countries will always have methods of obtaining encryption products that protect the privacy of individuals. The more repressive the government, the greater the demand for total encryption and personal privacy.