14 March 1997

The CSTB/NRC now offers the official ASCII version of the final CRISIS report at:


10 February 1997: Chapter 1 of this report was reported today to be incomplete and has been fully restored. If others are found incomplete or garbled, please notify <jya@pipeline.com>. Thanks much.

From an announcement by CSTB/NRC on November 8, 1996:

The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National Research Council (NRC) is pleased to announce the availability of its cryptography policy study Cryptography's Role in Securing the Information Society. This report was originally released in pre-publication form on May 30, 1996.

The final printed version of this report can be obtained from the National Academy Press, 1-800-624-6242 or Web site http://www.nap.edu/bookstore. The pre-publication version and the final printed copy differ in that the printed copy contains an index and many source documents relevant to the crypto policy debate; of course, editorial corrections have been made as well.

[The document at this site is] an unofficial ASCII version of the pre-publication report. The official NRC version should become available online in ASCII form in December. [See note above.]


We've added the new Appendix N of the final printed version; see below.

The printed version is a handsome and bountiful volume; buy many.

Thanks to NRC, CSTB, report contributors and staff for exemplary work.

Examine the new cryptography export regulations of December 30, 1996.

NRC Report:

Cryptography's Role in Securing the Information Society

Prepublication, May 30, 1996

Part I  Framing the Policy Issues

Part II  Policy Instruments

Part III  Policy Options, Findings and Recommendations


          With two images of tables for Appendix D: