Computer Science 007
Secrets and Promises
Out : November 22, 3:00 pm 1996
Due : December 6, 5:00 pm 1996
Choose one of the following propositions. Write a 3-to-5-page paper
arguing your position, for or against the given proposition. Use
ideas and/or quotations from the assigned reading to support your
position. Your paper must draw on at least four different points from
the assigned reading. Your paper must be typed and spell-checked.
Your paper will be graded on
- the clarity and persuasiveness of your
- your appropriate use of the reading materials in support of
your argument, and
- the quality of your writing.
- Topic 1:
- Existing export restrictions
preventing the export of strong cryptography impose a burden on US
companies that far outweighs the benefit to national security.
- Topic 2:
Cryptography that is unbreakable by the government poses an
intolerable risk to public safety. The US should impose a law that
cryptography is only allowed if the government is given keys. (For
this topic, you might also consider the option of allowing
cryptography only if the keys are limited to 40 bits. What are the
implications of such a policy?)
- Topic 3:
- Proposed schemes for anonymous, untraceable electronic
cash are unacceptable. Such a system would make tax collection
impossible, would greatly hinder law enforcement, and would
dangerously loosen the government's control over its currency.