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Administration Internet-Wiretap Proposals Forget History

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Any headline that uses the phrase "wiretap the Internet" is likely to make people on the Internet cranky. When this wiretapping scheme comes from an administration that already has an iffy record on digital-rights issues, there's good reason to be angry about it.

Today's news comes from the New York Times, which reported that the Obama administration wants to require "all services that enable communications—including encrypted email transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct 'peer to peer' messaging like Skype"—to make their services compatible with government wiretap orders, decrypting their user's encrypted messages if necessary.

The NYT piece, by Charlie Savage, says the administration plans to submit legislation imposing these requirements next year.

One plank in this proposal, as I understand it, merely looks unrealistic...

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