Quotes by: Whitfield Diffie
The decisions we make about communication security today will determine the kind of society we live in tomorrow.
If you depend on a secret for your security, what do you do when the secret is discovered? If it is easy to change, like a cryptographic key, you do so. If it's hard to change, like a cryptographic system or an operating system, you're stuck. You will be vulnerable until you invest the time and money to design another system.
I certainly enjoy going on stage and lecturing and talking to Congress. That's a personality explanation. And given government proposals, I thought I had a clear view that they were antagonistic to human freedom.
I am not convinced that lack of encryption is the primary problem. The problem with the Internet is that it is meant for communications among non-friends.
I liked Berkeley tremendously, Berkeley was a very leftist campus. I came to love that city as much as I love Paris or the south of France or New York.
The most important impact of technology on communications security is that it draws better and better traffic into vulnerable channels.
I think that the people who are trying to shut down WikiLeaks are going to have to accept this as a fact of reality that cryptography allows you to do this kind of thing.
Without strong encryption, you will be spied on systematically by lots of people.
It isn't that secrets are never needed in security. It's that they are never desirable.