An Open Letter to Prime Minister Cameron

20th-century solutions won’t help 21st-century surveillance

Jonathan Zittrain
Feb 6, 2015 · 8 min read

Here are four reasons why:

1. The Internet’s open ecosystem is fundamentally different from the closed world of telephony — so you can’t copy and paste the old order.

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Credit: reynermedia (flickr) — CC-BY

2. Comprehensive app regulation is either self-defeatingly leaky or unacceptably intrusive.

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Credit: blakespot (flickr) CC-BY

3. Compelled exposure to a state with a warrant means vulnerability to a state without one.

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http://opennet.net

4. Building systems to secure communications against all but the communicating parties and the government is not an easy task.

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Key escrow for the original Clipper Chip of the 90's, designed to structure a government back door — “law enforcement access field,” or LEAF — into encrypted communications systems. Source: http://www.cryptomuseum.com/crypto/usa/clipper.htm

The Message

A Pandaemonium Revolver Collection.

Jonathan Zittrain

Written by

Prof. @Harvard_Law, @HSEAS, @Kennedy_School + @BerkmanCenter for Internet & Society; @EFF board member; a small creature who likes to run around in universities

The Message

A Pandaemonium Revolver Collection. Season 2 stars @anildash @alanalevinson @ftrain @hipstercrite @itsthebrandi @jamielaurenkeiles @vijithassar @yungrama @zeynep. Season 1 available on DVD shortly.

Jonathan Zittrain

Written by

Prof. @Harvard_Law, @HSEAS, @Kennedy_School + @BerkmanCenter for Internet & Society; @EFF board member; a small creature who likes to run around in universities

The Message

A Pandaemonium Revolver Collection. Season 2 stars @anildash @alanalevinson @ftrain @hipstercrite @itsthebrandi @jamielaurenkeiles @vijithassar @yungrama @zeynep. Season 1 available on DVD shortly.

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