The debate on governmental access to encrypted data will NEVER end
The on-going debate on governmental access to encrypted data, stored on encrypted devices and carried over encrypted communications channels, will probably NEVER end UNTIL some-sort-of-a-solution has been implemented. The no-solution solution is just not going to be an option. I think that it is inevitable that some-sort-of-a-solution will be imposed by government at some-point-in-the-future. I also think that such a solution will be LARGELY UNACCEPTABLE. It will have been devised by government hawks, and not by government doves. It will overreach and undermine in ways that we cannot even start to imagine. We can keep trying to stop any such solution from being implemented but eventually we will fail in this endeavor and then it will be too late for us to do anything about it. At this exact point in time I think we have A VERY SMALL WINDOW of opportunity to devise our own solution to this problem, one that is LARGELY ACCEPTABLE. As the old saying goes, better the devil you know than the devil you don’t. A solution devised to give the government some, maybe even most, of what it wants, must surely be better than a solution that gives it exactly what it wants, and possibly a whole lot more. Perpetually trying to sweep this issue under rug is not a winning strategy. We must meet this challenge not with arguments and rhetoric but with an actual solution. We must meet this challenge head on. I know it is not an easy problem to solve, but we must, at least, try.