By alecm on Apr 17, 2007
Whitfield Diffie and Susan Landau have updated their book on crypto and wiretap policy, "Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption."
The revised book details the arguments between the U.S. government and industry and academic researchers over encryption and the right to use strong encryption in the public domain - a battle that was won in 2000, when the U.S. government agreed to the export of strong crypto in most high-tech products. But there remain other issues, including the U.S. government's effort to apply the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act to VoIP, a "solution" for wiretapping that potentially creates major security holes.
Diffie and Landau's updated and expanded version of Privacy on the Line covers these and related issues (including the NSA warrantless wiretapping); Ron Rivest, the co-inventor of the RSA algorithm, says, "This revised edition of Diffie and Landau's classic work brings their treatment fully up to date. Essential for anyone interested in the technology, history, and politics of communications privacy."
Whitfield Diffie is Chief Security Officer of Sun, and co-inventor of public-key crypto, which amongst other achievements is what enables ecommerce.
Susan Landau is a Sun Distinguished Engineer focusing on the intersection of security, crypto, and public policy, and currently working on issues of digital-rights management and surveillance issues.
Now all I need to do is get Susan blogging. :-)