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Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government--Saving Privacy in the Digital Age

Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government--Saving Privacy in the Digital Age by Steven Levy 0670859508 9780670859504
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Cryptography -- the use of secret codes -- has traditionally been the province of puzzle geeks and government spies. But just in time for the Internet -- which radically alters the way we share information -- a band of outsiders triggered a revolution in this once-cloistered field. But this was a revolution that the government wanted to kill....<P>Crypto is about privacy in the information age and about the nerds and visionaries who, nearly twenty years ago, predicted that the Internets greatest virtue -- free access to information -- was also its most perilous drawback: a possible end to privacy.<P>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 governments stranglehold on the keys to information in a networked world.<P>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

Author: Steven Levy

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 352

Publisher: Viking Adult

Publication Date: 2001-01-01

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