13 April 1999

To: cryptography@c2.net
Subject: FYI....
From: "Perry E. Metzger" <perry@piermont.com>
Date: 13 Apr 1999 09:56:29 -0400

Columbia Institute for Tele-Information presents:


Amitai Etzioni
Professor, George Washington University and 
Founder, Communitarian Movement

Richard L. Field, Esq.,
Chair, Electronic Commerce Payment Committee, ABA

David Kelly, Institute for Objectivist Studies
Perry E. Metzger, Piermont Information Systems, Inc.
Frank Sudia, Internet Financial PKI Consultant

History indeed repeats itself.  Nowhere does this seem more true than in
the perennial encryption debates.  Spurred by the spread of the Internet
and electronic communications, the various sides have defined their
positions, declared their differences to be irreconcilable, and dug in for
the long battle.  At issue are our fundamental social values.  Some see a
future threatened from the outside -by rogue governments, terrorists,
criminals, industrial spies, and tax evaders.  Others see the more
insidious threat as coming from the inside -a "big brother" government
whose unblinking eye monitors and controls all its citizens.  In addition,
commercial interests want an environment that is conducive to global
business.  The cost of a prolonged encryption war of attrition is
substantial.  Encryption technology is an essential component of
electronic commerce.  It encodes computer messages and files, keeping
transmissions and stored records private and secure from unauthorized
alteration and surveillance.  It also allows parties to use secure "digital
signatures".  The Administration's current system of encryption export
controls and its intense global advocacy of government monitoring
capabilities for encrypted messages has received a mixed response,
with many countries rejecting aspects of the U.S. position in favor of
trade and privacy interests.  Professor Etzioni, author of The Limits of
Privacy, will offer his roadmap to balancing these competing interests. 
Respondents will review his conclusions from the business, technology,
and individualistic perspectives.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 1999, 5:30 PM
Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
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