How the Code Rebels Beat the Government, Saving Privacy in the Digital AgeeBook - 2001
"Crypto is about privacy in the information age and about the nerds and visionaries who, nearly twenty years ago, predicted that the Internet's greatest virtue--free access to information--was also its most perilous drawback: a possible end to privacy. Levy explores what turned out to be a decisive development in the crypto wars: the unlikely alliance between the computer geeks and big business as they fought the government's stranglehold on the keys to information in a networked world. The players come alive here in a narrative that reads like the best of futuristic spy fiction. There is Whit Diffie, the long-haired Newton of crypto who invented the astounding ""public key"" solution; David Chaum, whose ""anonymous digital money"" actually threatened the global financial infrastructure; and ""cypherpunks"" like Phil Zimmermann, who freely distributed military-strength codes under the nose of the U. S. government. There is also the first behind-the-scenes account of what the secretive NationalSecurity Agency really had in mind when it created the controversial ""clipper chip""--and how the Clinton administration bungled the operation.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 356 p.)