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Cryptography's Role In Securing The Information Society
A lengthy 1996 report from the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council argued that national policy should be much more supportive of the use of cryptography.

Encryption Privacy and Security Resource Page
A project of the Center for Democracy and Technology, this page offers news, views and links related to encryption.

Commercial Encryption Export Controls
This resource page from the Bureau of Export Administration includes the full text of regulations regarding the export of encryption items. Also links to the text of President Clinton's November 1996 memo on export policy.

Frequently Asked Question About Cryptography
Answers to technical questions about encryption from RSA Laboratories.

Big Brother in the Wires
A primer on the encryption debate from the American Civil Liberties Unions, reflecting the organizations's stance in opposition to government restrictions on strong encryption.

The Impact of Encryption on Public Safety
FBI director Louis J. Freeh's September 1997 testimony before a House committee describing the dangers of allowing widespread use of encryption technology. See also the text of his July 1997 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Deciphering the Cryptography Debate
This Brookings Institute paper argues that a compromise can be found on cryptography policy, balancing the complex set of interests involved.

The Risks of Key Recovery, Key Escrow, and Trusted Third-Party Encryption
This article from the Center for Democracy and Technology examines the technological difficulties and dangers related to control of encryption keys.

Organizations

Americans for Computer Privacy
A coalition of 28 trade associations and 70 companies advocating privacy protections of Americans' communications in the information age.

Business Software Alliance
Sponsored by software industry leaders, BSA supports free distribution of encryption software and opposes government regulations.

Center for Democracy and Technology
A public interest organization working for public policies that "advance civil liberties and democratic values in new computer and communications technologies."

Electronic Frontier Foundation
A non-profit organization "working in the public interest to protect privacy, free expression, and democracy online.

Electronic Privacy Information Center
A public interest research center working "to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values."

The Internet Privacy Coalition
This coalition of key players in encryption encourages widespread use of encryption technology, and opposes government curbs on the exporting and distribution of cryptographic software.

Products

Pretty Good Privacy
Otherwise known as PGP, Phil Zimmerman's amalgamation of several types of encryption technology into a worldwide standard for encoding and decoding information initiated much of the current controversy surrounding electronic privacy.

RSA Data Security
RSA (the name stands for the names of its three creators) is the most widely used encryption software.

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