Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government--Saving Privacy in the Digital Age (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 8, 2001 - Computers - 368 pages
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If you've ever made a secure purchase with your credit card over the Internet, then you have seen cryptography, or "crypto", in action. From Stephen Levy—the author who made "hackers" a household word—comes this account of a revolution that is already affecting every citizen in the twenty-first century. Crypto tells the inside story of how a group of "crypto rebels"—nerds and visionaries turned freedom fighters—teamed up with corporate interests to beat Big Brother and ensure our privacy on the Internet. Levy's history of one of the most controversial and important topics of the digital age reads like the best futuristic fiction.
  

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Review: Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government--Saving Privacy in the Digital Age

User Review  - JDK1962 - Goodreads

Interesting, but not the page turner that I found Hackers to be. Good history, though. Would have been better with some simple examples (for example, using an 8 or 16-bit split key to illustrate encryption and decryption), just to more firmly cement the basic concepts. Read full review

Review: Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government--Saving Privacy in the Digital Age

User Review  - Franklin Colorado - Goodreads

This is nonfiction, but it's an interesting enough story you can read it like a thriller. A few places drag. It's a good background for understanding cryptography. Read full review

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Contents

contents
acknowledgments
preface
the loner
the standard
public key
prime time
selling crypto
crypto anarchy
the clipper chip
slouching toward crypto
the open secret
notes
bibliography
glossary
index

patents and keys

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

Over the course of twenty-two years of teaching, Steven Levy has taught every grade level from kindergarten through college. He has been recognized as the 1992-93 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and honored as the Outstanding General Elementary Teacher by the Walt Disney Company ion 1994-95. Levy has also received the John F. Kennedy prize for the teaching of history, and his project Lexingtons, USA, was chosen by the American School Board Association as one of the hundred best curriculum ideas in the nation.

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