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Unformatted text preview: , Washington, D.C. 20001; (202) 347-5400; fax: (202) 393-5509; Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
The ACM is an international computer industry organization. In 1994 the U.S. ACM Public Policy Committee produced an excellent report on U.S. cryptography policy . This should be required reading for anyone interested in the politics of cryptography. It is available via anonymous ftp from info.acm.org in /reports/acm_crypto/acm_crypto_study.ps. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
The IEEE is another professional organization. The U.S. office investigates and makes recommendations on privacy-related issues including encryption policy, identity numbers, and privacy protections on the Internet. Software Publishers Association (SPA)
The SPA is a trade association of over 1000 personal computer software companies. They have lobbied for relaxation of export controls on cryptography, and maintain a list of commercially available foreign cryptography products. 25.11 Sci.crypt
Sci.crypt is the Usenet newsgroup for cryptology. It is read by an estimated 100,000 people worldwide. Most of the posts are nonsense, bickering, or both; some are political, and most of the rest are requests for information or basic questions. Occasionally nuggets of new and useful information are posted to this newsgroup. If you follow sci.crypt regularly, you will learn how to use something called a kill file. Another Usenet newsgroup is sci.crypt.research, a moderated newsgroup devoted to discussions about cryptology research. There are fewer posts and they are more interesting. 25.12 Cypherpunks
The Cypherpunks are an informal group of people interested in teaching and learning about cryptography. They also experiment with cryptography and try to put it into use. In their opinion, all the cryptographic research in the world doesn’t do society any good unless it gets used. In “A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto,” Eric Hughes writes : We the Cypherpunks are dedicated to building anonymous systems. We are defending our privacy with cryptography, with anonymous mail forwarding systems, with digital signatures, and with electronic money. Cypherpunks write code. We know that someone has to write software to...
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