TBTF for 1995-05-22: Nautilus defeats wiretaps
Keith Dawson (dawson dot tbtf at gmail dot com)
Mon, 22 May 1995 08:13:15 -0400
[Forrester Research of Cambridge, Mass. released a new forecast for Internet
commerce: $10 billion in worldwide sales by the year 2000. George Colony of
Forrester says the estimate is "conservative." -- reported in MacWeek for
UNTAPPING WIRE TAPS
Three West Coast computer programmers are using the Internet to distribute a
free program called Nautilus that renders legal and illegal wiretaps
useless. An FBI official said: ''It will certainly be beneficial to many
citizens and many other users of it. I suspect that it also will be
beneficial, unfortunately, to criminals. I would hope the extremely
enterprising and smart people that we have in this country would work toward
solutions that would not only protect the communication of citizens . . .
but would also allow the law enforcement objectives to be maintained.'' The
developers of Nautilus have set up their system so that the program cannot
be downloaded by people located outside the United States, because they
"intend to follow all laws regarding the release of cryptography.'' (San
Jose Mercury News 1995-05-10 A1)
THE TWO-WIRE FUTURE
Peter Huber, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and attorney, predicts
the Information Age will be consummated through dual conduits into the home
-- a telephone line and a cable connection: "We are on a two-wire track.
Phone companies and cable companies will be allies, but not in region. Bell
Atlantic will ally with a cable company in California and U S West will ally
with Time Warner out of region. But in region, we're going to a two-wire
future, just as we're going to a multiple wireless future. On balance, I
think it's best. It is not the cheapest way to go broadband, but the price
you pay for a monopoly is exorbitant in the long term. You lose innovation,
you lose all the discipline of competition. We are going to a head-to-head
battle between cable and telephony, both providing video, both providing
voice, both using wireless for the last hundred yards. That's where the
policy is set and I think, on balance, it's a good policy." (Upside, May
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