"Stunned silence" is how Professor Anna Lysyanskaya of Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) describes the reaction to a recent speech by President Barack Obama at the South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals (SXSW). In an interview with Le Nouvel Observateur, she comments on the consensus among cryptologists that secure encryption accessible only by law enforcement is impossible.
"You cannot have a 'third' way," she explains, "that allows law enforcement in but leaves the bad guys out....No one in the audience could believe that our most tech savvy President just said something this anti-scientific; it was as if he claimed that 2+2=5."
The full article (in French) is available here.
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