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Assignment 6

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This week's class will be about encryption. Hal will give a review/survey of encryption technology, and then we'll discuss government attempts to regulate encryption through the 90s, together with recent developments relating to concerns about voice over IP.

Before Class

You should do the following reading before class, and be prepared to discuss it:

Extra (Optional)

If you haven't used voice over IP, you should. Download Skype and and play with it. You should do this with a partner, so you'll have someone to talk to.


The midterm is after Lec #7.

Note: Starting next week, we'll begin assigning readings from the two books we asked you to get for the class:

  • Brin, David. The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom? New York, NY: Perseus Books, 1999. ISBN: 0738201448.
  • O'Harrow, Robert. No Place to Hide: Behind the Scenes of Our Emerging Surveillance Society. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 2005. ISBN: 0743254805.