This ought to go over REAL well with our wiretapping happy government! How much you wanna bet there will be legislation saying using this will be a Federal crime which, of course, means when the rest of the world implements it we’ll be cut off?

The Pirate Bay Wants to Encrypt the Entire Internet

The team behind the popular torrent site The Pirate Bay has started to work on a new encryption technology that could potentially protect all Internet traffic from prying eyes. The project, which is still in its initial stages, goes by the name “Transparent end-to-end encryption for the Internets,” or IPETEE for short. It tackles encryption not on the application level, but on the network level, the aim being that all data exchanged on your PC would be encrypted, regardless of its nature — be it a web browser streaming video files or an instant messaging client. As Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij (a.k.a. Tiamo) told me, “Even applications that don’t supporting encryption will be encrypted where possible.”

Neij came up with the idea for IPETEE back when European politicians were starting to debate a Europe-wide move to DMCA-like copyright enforcement efforts, which were eventually authorized in the form of the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive in the spring of 2007. “I wanted to come up with something to make it harder for data retention,” said Neij. But he didn’t publish the initial draft proposal until early this month, when the discussion about privacy and surveillance online suddenly became urgent again. The Swedish parliament passed a new law in June that allows a local government agency to snoop on “the telephony, emails, and web traffic of millions of innocent individuals,” as the EFF’s Danny O’Brien put it. Neij promises that his new encryption scheme will be ready before the law takes effect next January.

IPETEE will likely be implemented as an add-on to operating systems like Windows and OS X. It will essentially do its work in the background, handling all incoming and outgoing IP traffic without any further interference from the user.

  1. emeryjay says:

    No. 2: I’m all for encryption.

    How frequently will newbies lose a regular password? So do you thnk they can deal with public private key pair?

    Engima is not all that difficult to use for a seasoned user. And yes I have my keys backed up.

    Encryption ensures jobs for the NSA while fostering national security. I want our hackers to be better than their hackers.

  2. Rick Cain says:

    People need to be protected from their government, not the other way around.

    Karl Rove refuses to honor a subpoena, yet he’s part of a bunch of psychos that want the government to spy on us all Soviet-style.

    No surprise though, because the origin of neoconservativism is from communist idealogy.

  3. Sean O'Hara says:

    @#18 – I keep my entire hard-drive encrypted, and the overhead to run Vista is almost non-existent.

    @#19 – You have no idea what you’re talking about. With public key encryption, once you encrypt a message no one can read it but the intended recipient — not even you the sender. It is secure.

  4. Greg Allen says:

    I know there are systems that get around proxies but if you live in an oppressive environment like China or in most US corporations, the mere ACT of getting around a proxy gets you busted.

    That’s why the whole internet needs to be encrypted.

  5. tdkyo says:

    @!#GSDG 23WEsd SDF@34 _#I#@$ ADGF

    Oh sorry, the above comment is encrypted.