If you read anything today about cryptography today, read the work of Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society's Jeffrey Vagle, JD [Mr. Vagle is also a Lecturer in Law and the Executive Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition [CTIC] at the University of Pennsylvania Law School]; in which, Mr. Vagle examines the criminalization of cryptography [snippet of his work appears below].
'We've heard this story from governments before, of course, from the "crypto wars" of the early 1990s to recent claims by the FBI that encryption allows networks to "go dark," and prevent legitimate law enforcement efforts. But as the leaked security memo asserts, without strong crypto and secure networks, we're all put at greater risk. It is crucial that we keep this in perspective as the world's legislative bodies rush to do something--anything--in the face of these crises.' - via Jeffrey Vagle writing at the Center for Internet and Society, at Stanford University