1997-07-31 - Re: Denning backs away from GAK

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From: Jeff Barber <jeffb@issl.atl.hp.com>
To: cypherpunks@cyberpass.net (Cypherpunks List)
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UTC Datetime: 1997-07-31 20:03:02 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 04:03:02 +0800

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From: Jeff Barber <jeffb@issl.atl.hp.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 04:03:02 +0800
To: cypherpunks@cyberpass.net (Cypherpunks List)
Subject: Re: Denning backs away from GAK
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Tim May writes:
> At 9:54 AM -0700 7/31/97, William H. Geiger III wrote:
> >I serriously doubt that she has changed here stance on any of the current
> >Inet issuse mearly putting a different spin on them.
> And her "second thoughts" on GAK were not based on a principled repudiation
> of the concept of "escrowing" keys, or on Constitutional grounds,  but only
> on the grounds that her study did not show that many criminal cases were
> much affected by the lack of key escrow.

Absolutely.  One wonders also if she may be concerned about loss of
reputation capital (i.e. her ability to be an effective advocate for
the NSA/LEA types).  The recent report by a panel of well-known
cryptographers arguing that key escrow is technologically and
economically infeasible has made her look pretty out of touch, since
she's been arguing exactly the opposite for years.

-- Jeff