While we're all focused on the Corona crisis the US government is quietly pushing an internet bill that is aimed at abolishing message encryption:

We should probably pay attention to this and spread awareness even if we are not American:

· · SubwayTooter · 14 · 357 · 109

@polychrome Since the global "tech giants" are American, this certainly does affect us. And the secure, "Signal private messenger" is based in the US, too. Like many things. Just saying. 🤷‍♀️

@curufuin @polychrome I definitely need to learn more about this... after one read through I’m not sure if this would only apply to sites like facebook or everything. the first thing that comes to mind is helping my friends and family learn to use pgp, assuming that isn’t something the government is going to somehow crack

@polychrome didn't Matt Blaze explain to them that you can't ban math like 300 times now

@polychrome FWIW, the EFF paints this as an underhanded attempt of the Attorney General to circumvent encryption through a wild legal construct because that is a subject that reliably gets attention in the communities that pay attention to the EFF, but what this bill really is is essentially a bid to turn the U.S. internet into the Chinese internet.

What a concept, make a law that gives a committee of (mostly) cops the power to just make a catalog of arbitrary rules of how to run any internet company, from ISP to e-tailer.

Also, welcome back the Second Horseman of the Infocalypse (pedophiles) as a justification. \o/ (
@polychrome Yeah, the scanning of all Internet traffic in the USA began in 1994. I was there when it began.

I use Protonmail. Everything is encrypted, whether they like it or not. Barring that, I'll go back to PGP. Barring that, I'll stop using the Internet except in ways that cannot be tied to my identity. This can always be done.


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