The Digital Media Project

 

Source

Martin Springer

Title

TRU #08 to communicate privately

No.

040124springer01r1

 

Name:

Martin Springer

Affiliation/additional information:

Active Contributor, Luebeck, Germany

Date submitted:

2004/01/24

 

#

Criteria

Description

1.

Name of TRU

TRU to communicate privately

2.

Summary description of TRU

The power of an individual to decide who amongst a group of persons will be the recipient of his/her ideas, thoughts and emotions.

3.

Use records of TRU

Before the invention of communication technology, people could be reasonably certain that conversations in private (e.g. at home) could not be heard by other people. With the advent of electronic communication also eavesdropping technology (e.g. telephone wiretaps, microphones, surveillance cameras,...) emerged. As a consequence people who want to communicate privately more often need to use cryptography.

4.

  Nature of TRU

Supported by regional laws. (e.g. German Constitution Article 10 [1], U.S. law [2])

5.

Benefits of TRU

Private communication is considered a prerequisite for the unhindered exchange of ideas and thus for the liberty of an individual. [3]

6.

Possible digital support

  • Phones that provide security against anyone listening into calls
  • Easy to use e-mail encryption

7.

Requirements

Strong cryptography.

8. References

[1] - Grundgesetz -- "Basic Law" (German Constitution)
[2] - The invention of the Right to Privacy, Dorothy J. Glancy, Arizona Law Review, 1979
[3] - On Liberty, John Stewart Mill, 1869