A case study of the nascence of the Dutch Government position on encryption

Following several incidents in the EU and the US the international debate on encryption has sprung up, again. Many nations debate about privacy versus security without coming to any apparent conclusion but the Netherlands came to a position which is in favour of strong encryption. This thesis analyses how this came to be. Both old and new crypto wars are analysed, looking at positions in the debate through an Economic, National Security, and a Privacy lens. The Dutch position is further investigated by means of interviews with individuals who were part of, or near to, the forming of this policy in the Dutch Cabinet. The ultimate conclusion is that understanding of the encryption debate is increased when differing viewpoints are respected in their own right and that understanding this, together with some specific factors for the Netherlands, is what allowed the creation of the Dutch Cabinet position on encryption.
 
Encryption Backdoors, Crypto Wars, Security versus Privacy, Going Dark

 

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