Date: 25 Dec 2018 Category : | Author: Graham Penrose

CommsLock e-Book: Banning Secure Comms & Limiting Public Access to Encryption

CommsLock will be publishing an e-book in February 2019 covering the topic of political campaigns in Western democracies that seek to limit or ban the use of secure communications by private citizens. As a teaser we have listed an extract from the Table of Contents below.

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Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. National Security and Crime Prevention versus the Privacy Rights & Civil Liberties of Citizens
    3. “Everyone will use encryption, Australia should get over it” – They didn’t
    4. Australia Makes Itself A Global Weak Point For Encryption To Protect Aussies “In Time For Christmas” (2018)
      1. Spies still super upset they can’t get at your encrypted comms data
      2. The Legislation & An Attempt to Explain It
      3. The Most Dubious “World First” Ever?
      4. Why are Encrypted Messages an Issue
      5. How Would This Change Work
      6. What Are The Other Concerns?
      7. What Does It Mean For Tech Firms
      8. Other comments on the proposals leading up to the enactment of the legislation
      9. The Side Effects
        1. Stagnation in Innovation: CommsLock will NOT comply with Australia’s New Backdoor Bill
    5. Reckless & Bogus “Secure Communications” providers who are trying to ruin it for everyone else (2018)
    6. Setting the Tone in the United Kingdom – Encryption Soundbites 2017-Present from Amber Rudd, Home Secretary
    7. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia & the Laurel of the “Laurel & Hardy of CyberSecurity” (2017-2018)
    8. The Hon. George Brandis Q.C, The Attorney General of Australia & the Hardy of the “Laurel & Hardy of CyberSecurity” (2017-2018)
    9. John Chen, executive Chairman and chief executive officer of BlackBerry (2017)
    10. Bernie Sanders, Junior United States Senator from Vermont (2017)
    11. US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (2018)
    12. James Clapper, 4th Director of National Intelligence (August 9, 2010 – January 20, 2017)
    13. Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States (2009-2017)
    14. DoJ WTFness “Encryption Is Like A Locked House That Won’t Let Its Owners Back Inside”, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (2018)
    15. David Cameron, former UK Prime Minister & James Comey, former FBI Director (2017)
    16. All extracts below are from the LinkedIn Pulse post titled “Governments: Hands off Crypto!” by David Fosdike, Principal IT Security and Forensics Consultant at IT Investigations (Published on July 14, 2015)
    17. Stephen Flatley of the F….B….I – “You (encryption advocates) are “jerks”, “evil geniuses”, & “pervert facilitators”” (2017-2018)
    18. The Facepalm Triplets – More gems from Brandis, May, and Rosenstein (2017-2018)
      1. Brandis: “GCHQ Spookhaus told me …”
      2. May: Here she goes again … UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors
      3. Fireside Chat with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Kim Hart about “striking a balance between “data security” and “the needs of law enforcement”
    19. Bill Gates Seems to Hate Cryptocurrencies and Encryption and Encourages Apple to Offer Government Backdoor Access (2017-2018)
    20. Other Connected WTFnesses
      1. New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords ‘You shall not pass!’ (2018)
      2. GCHQ data collection regime violated human rights, court rules (2018)
    21. Other News Related Items
      1. FBI Boss Chris Wray: We Put A Man On The Moon So Why Not Encryption Backdoors?
      2. Threats associated with terrorism should allow law enforcement agencies to be able to access encrypted messages, says (Australian) Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton (VIDEO)
      3. Australia on the cusp of showing the world how to break encryption – You just pass a law, apparently
      4. FBI again calls for magical solution to break into encrypted phones – FBI chief: “I don’t buy the claim that it’s impossible” to solve “Going Dark.”
      5. ACLU wants court to release documents on the US’ attempt at backdooring Facebook Messenger while the FBI-vs-Apple battle played out in the public, the FBI-vs-Facebook encryption backdoor war remained a secret for months.
    22. Reference Material
      1. See below


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