This article was originally published on The Huffington Post.
I have been called "irresponsible" by one of the greatest cryptographers, the famous Ronald Rivest of MIT. (His name provided the "R" in RSA, a computer security firm and a widely used encryption scheme, on both of which he worked.) I gained that dubious distinction for arguing that a new form of encryption is not merely the techies' major gift to terrorists and criminals -- but also a gross violation of the constitution! Hence, it should be outlawed. Rivest states that "it is irresponsible for Etzioni to reach the conclusions he does without providing a plausible technical approach to achieving his stated goal (banning strong encryption) that doesn't incur immense costs to our national security."
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