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Encryption in the Internet age

User denied access to the net

Restricted access to Net encryption : too good to release

For years, the U.S. government did not allow American companies to use 128-bit encryption systems internationally for fear these systems would fall into the hands of enemies of the state.

That battle has been lost - but the end of the Cold War has released the national security establishments in the USA and Britain to turn their attentions to the Internet in the battle against drugs smugglers and terrorists.

Only the Western democracies have the privilege of uncensored access to the Internet. In some countries, it is illegal to own a modem - let alone use it.

See also Philip Zimmerman.

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Can you beat our games? Explode equipment to see what's inside, hear the changing sounds of telecommunications, see how telecommunications designs have changed over time or send an e-postacard.

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The UK's first permanent gallery dedicated to the history of information and communication technologies opens in the new Information Age gallery at London’s Science Museum.

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