False Friends of Digital Privacy - The American Conservative

We’ve discussed encryption and secure communications before. This article pretty much sums up my pessimism about tech being really helpful here… What do you think?


I don’t buy it. At least not completely.

I know that no hardware or software is completely free from the ability to be hacked. But I would be willing to bet that the examples that are most emotionally compelling—the Jan 6 encrypted chats showing up in the charges against participants—were not hacked, but simply handed over by a participant.

That’s just the age-old problem of secrets, not some technological failure. The more people who know a secret, the less safe that secret is.