(back to academic signature
Anders) goals with the Open Source project Academic
Signature and with my other activities regarding cryptography:
I want to encourage all computer users to gain
some very basic understanding of ciphers, privacy
protection and securing authenticity of digital documents.
Based on that understanding I want to empower individuals
to protect their privacy against billion$ state funded
eavesdropping and snooping organizations in the digital realm. It
may sound overly pathetic but basically I want to contribute to
the defense of democracy and freedom against current threats
originating from within our western democracies.
I want computer users to be able to come to an informed
decision on whether to use Academic Signature for privacy
protection, to use another cryptographic tool or not to employ
cryptography altogether. There may be good reasons for either
decision. People should neither be bedazzled by academic titles
nor by the overwhelming chorus of "experts" telling them to leave
thinking to the experts and believe in(or even buy) what they say.
I do not and will not:
a) Have any commercial interest regarding my project
b) Comply with any demands to limit the cryptographic
strength of my software.
(You are more than welcome to import it into the US without
restrictions on key size or block size.)
c) Mitigate my software just for the sake of compatibility
with a standard I do not appreciate.
d) Mitigate my software such that it can be "safely" run by
truly stupid people.
e) Intend to bedazzle anyone with my academic titles.
(I had to face this allegation recently. It was expressed by
an IT-security expert with an IT engineering background. I am a
The safe use of Academic Signature rests on the assumption, that
your computer has not been compromised. Protecting your system
against compromise by state funded eavesdropping organizations is
a near impossible and (logically)dirty business which I do not
have any exceptional expertise at.
However, widespread use of strong cryptography will force the tax
funded snooping organizations to compromise the computers of
targets in order to circumvent encryption and still be able to
eavesdrop on them.
This will render government covert dragnet surveillance of
children, teenagers, grandmothers, security experts, pacifists,
journalists, lawyers, system administrators, politicians, doctors,
civil liberty activists, artists, your family and me infeasible
and risky for them.
They would then have to go back to sound secret service work
against true adversaries of our freedom, which is what we pay them
for in the first place.
I recommend using open source software and Linux(e.g. ubuntu)
instead of using proprietary operating systems. Please protect
your privacy by using TOR or another anonymizing service when
browsing the web for content that you would not want hostile
organizations to be able to connect to your name, twist everything
around and use this against you.
Klein Nordende(Germany), 3/29/2014