In the 1990’s the Internet started to take shape. But the US goverment had strict laws regulating what type of cryptography is allowed to be used online. A few brave people stood up to the government in the name of civil rights and won the right to use strong encryption. Listen to their battle and what they had to do through to accomplish this.

The Clipper Chip

Clipper Chip

This was the chip that the US government developed for people to use strong encryption. But security researcher Matt Blaze, found a vulnerability in the chip which demonstrated how weak it is to put a back door into something.

Deep Crack

Deep Crack

This is the computer that the EFF built to crack a DES encrypted message.


Thanks to Cindy Cohn from the EFF for joining me on this episode.




Music in this episode: “The Loss of Blood” and “Blood Loss” by Ian Alex Mac. “Monkeys Spinning Monkeys”, “Big Mojo”, “Time Passes”, “Quinn’s Song: A New Man”, “I Feel You”, “Stoneworld Battle”, “Showdown”, “Witch Hunt”, “Despair and Triumph”, and “The Machine Thinks” by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

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