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Presidential Candidates Don’t Have the Key to Encryption

It’s scary to hear the 2016 presidential candidates talk about encryption and Internet security when attempting to thwart use of the Internet as a terrorist recruiting tool. As if it’s not bad enough when Donald Trump says, “in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way.” There exists a common misconception (particularly in Trump’s target demographic) that the US controls the global Internet. Infrastructure in foreign countries provides Internet services to people living abroad. We don’t have a pretty switch with gold brocade, Mr. Trump.

So how do we intercede and monitor communications that have been protected by encryption? Here’s what our misinformed presidential contenders are saying: More...