The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Wants to Make Surveillance Expensive Again

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Sun, Nov 17th, 2013 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Wired.co.uk, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has proposed, after the documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, "that encryption be the default way data is transferred over the 'open internet'." They just need to figure out how, exactly.

The HTTPbis Working Group, the IETF body charged with designing the next-generation HTTP 2.0 specification, is proposing that encryption be the default way data is transferred over the "open internet." A growing number of groups participating in the standards-making process -- particularly those who develop web browsers -- support the move, although as is typical in technical deliberations, there's debate about how best to implement the changes.

"There seems to be strong consensus to increase the use of encryption on the web, but there is less agreement about how to go about this," Mark Nottingham, chair of the HTTPbis working group, wrote in Wednesday's letter. (HTTPbis roughly translates to "HTTP again.")

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