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A selection of recent opinion pieces and editorials on encryption from The Washington Post.

Net Tangle on Privacy
June 22, 1997
On the Net-related issues that draw the most urgent public interest, there are now multiple clumps of competing bills. What you think of these bills has a good deal to do with how you think the worlds of electronic commerce and networked communal life will develop – and, of course, no one knows. – Editorial

Let's Open Up Encryption
June 12, 1997
The SAFE Act ensures that all law-abiding Americans will be able to communicate and conduct business securely in the Information Age. – Bob Goodlatte

Code Word: Disaster
June 6, 1997
The Post's assumption that U.S. encryption software poses a national security threat in the wrong hands ignores both the rapid advances in technology and the reality of today's market for encryption software. – James P. Moran

Showdown on Encryption
May 25, 1997
The real question is whether you believe encryption poses a significant national security threat in the wrong hands. If you do – and we think it irresponsible to assume otherwise – then it's not enough to declare uncrackable privacy a civil right. – Editorial

Desperately Seeking Security
April 7, 1997
For a variety of complicated reasons, we have come to demand a much higher level of security in the electronic realm than we do in real life, even though in real life we stand to lose so much more. – John Burgess

Speaking in Code on the Internet . . .
July 27, 1996
Encryption, if widely used, could conceivably ease some privacy problems concerning who gets to see personal and financial data on individuals. But it is not clear that the encryption enthusiasts' desire for free development should take precedence over the tracking of terrorism. – Editorial

The Cryptography Wars
July 23, 1996
Escrowed encryption seems to us to be a promising technology. But it is unproven: For now, government should view it as a tentative concept to be explored. – Kenneth W. Dam and Herbert S. Lin

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