The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work

Cryptography rearranges power: it configures who can do what, from what. This makes cryptography an inherently political tool, and it confers on the field an intrinsically moral dimension. The Snowden revelations motivate a reassessment of the political and moral positioning of cryptography. They lead one to ask if our inability to effectively address mass surveillance constitutes a failure of our field.

Mark Jenkins is a Winnipeg based information technology contractor, B.C.Sc, and LFCS.

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