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The Battle Over Encryption Backdoors Started in the 90s - Are We Doomed To Repeat It?

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” director of the OTI Kevin Bankston said in a statement announcing the report Thursday. “Since so many law enforcement and intelligence officials today seem ready to start fighting Crypto Wars 2.0, it’s important to reflect on the history of the original Crypto Wars so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past.”

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“The diverse alliance of privacy activists, tech experts, business leaders, and politicians from both sides of the aisle that banded together to fight the Crypto Wars set an example for Internet advocates that has since been followed in other successful campaigns like the fights for strong net neutrality rules and for post-Snowden surveillance reform,” senior policy analyst for OTI Danielle Kehl said in a statement.