Eric Schmidt says encryption will help Google crack Chinese censorship and stop the NSA

Eric Schmidt thinks encryption is the answer to many of the internet’s problems. Google’s executive chairman said last November that “encrypting everything” could “end government censorship in a decade.” Now Schmidt says that in that same decade, encryption could “open up countries with strict censorship laws,” giving their people “a voice.”

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Schmidt said that Google was attempting to strengthen its encryption so the world’s governments “won’t be able to penetrate it” and obtain private data. Those efforts, Schmidt said, would create particular problems for “governments like China’s,” which he thought responsible for “80 to 85 percent of the world’s industrial espionage.” The Google…

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