Wanted: Cryptography Products for Worldwide Survey
In 1999, Lance Hoffman, David Balenson, and others published a survey of non-US cryptographic products. The point of the survey was to illustrate that there was a robust international market in these products, and that US-only export restrictions on strong encryption did nothing to prevent its adoption and everything to disadvantage US corporations. This was an important contribution during the First Crypto War, and Hoffman testified before a Senate committee on his findings.
I want to redo that survey for 2015.
Here, at the beginning of the Second Crypto War, we again need to understand which encryption products are outside the reach of US regulation (or UK regulation). Are there so many foreign crypto products that any regulation by only one country will be easily circumvented? Or has the industry consolidated around only a few products made by only a few countries, so that effective regulation of strong encryption is possible? What are the possibilities for encrypted communication and data storage? I honestly don't know the answer -- and I think it's important to find out.
To that end, I am asking for help. Please respond in the comments with the names -- and URLs -- of non-US encryption software and hardware products. I am only interested in those useful for protecting communications and data storage. I don't care about encrypting financial transactions, or anything of that sort.
Thank you for your help. And please forward this blog post to anyone else who might help.
EDITED TO ADD: Thinking about it more, I want to compile a list of domestic (U.S.) encryption products as well. Since right now the FBI seems intent on just pressuring the big companies like Apple and Microsoft, and not regulating cryptography in general, knowing what else is out there in the U.S. will be useful.
Posted on September 11, 2015 at 2:08 PM • 257 Comments