The Electronic Privacy Papers:

Documents on the Battle for Privacy in the Age of Surveillance

By Bruce Schneier and David Banisar

John Wiley & Sons, 1997
ISBN: 0-471-12297-1
747 pages
Retail: $60 hardcover

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Trying to keep up with the advances in cryptography and digital telephony, the government has advocated controversial new tools that will allow them to monitor electronic communications. On the other side of the spectrum, privacy advocates are vehemently opposed to any government monitoring whatsoever.

The Electronic Privacy Papers is a collection of previously unreleased documents dealing with privacy in the Information Age. Combining public government pronouncement, public reactions, and previously classified documents released under FOIA, this book paints a clear picture of government policies towards encryption and privacy and how they will impact individuals and companies involved with the Internet.

Issues covered include:

  • The economic and political rationale for demanding digital wiretapping and surveillance.
  • The legal foundations, and limitations to, government surveillance.
  • Government strategies for soliciting cooperation from telephone companies and equipment manufacturers.
  • Which policies industries and individuals can expect the government to pursue in the future.
Table of Contents:
PRIVACY AND THE INFORMATION SNOOPERHIGHWAY
  • Introduction: Roadblocks on the Information Superhighway
WIRETAPPING
  • Overview of Wiretapping
LOBBYING FOR SURVEILLANCE: THE DIGITAL TELEPHONY PROPOSAL
  • Government Pronouncements: The Digital Telephony Proposal
  • Behind the Iron Curtain: Operation Root Canal
  • Digital Telephony: The Public Response
CRYPTOGRAPHY
  • Cryptography - The Cure for the Common Bug
THE BATTLE FOR CONTROL OF CRYPTOGRAPHY
  • The Field of Battle: An Overview
  • Early Skirmishes
  • The Clipper Chip Proposal
  • Unclassified: The Story Behind Clipper
  • Clipping the Clipper: Public Response to Desktop Surveillance
PUTTING THE GENIE BACK IN THE BOTTLE: EXPORT CONTROLS ON CRYPTOGRAPHY
  • Atom Bombs, Fighter Planes, Machines Guns and Cryptography: Export Control
  • Untying the Gordian Knot: Efforts to Relax Export Controls
BIG BROTHER AS THE KEEPER OF THE KEYS: WILL THE GOVERNMENT TAKE OVER CRYPTO?
  • Banning Cryptography
  • Software Key Escrow
EPILOGUE: THE FUTURE OF CRYPTOGRAPHY

Bibliography of Books on Wiretapping, Cryptography and Privacy

Index

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