He continues: “Yet, we now see a number of governments trying to do exactly that. Pushing back against end-to-end encryption. […] The need for protecting our right to a private conversation has never been stronger. Many democracies are sliding into populist autocracies. Ordinary citizens and grassroots political opposition groups need to protect themselves against these emerging autocracies as best as they can. If an autocracy inherits or builds a pervasive surveillance infrastructure, it becomes nearly impossible for political opposition to organize, as we can see in China. Secure communications is necessary for grassroots political opposition in those societies.”
“It’s not only personal freedom at stake. It’s national security,” says Zimmermann. “We must push back hard in policy space to preserve the right to end-end encryption.”
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