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Crypto: how the code rebels beat the government, saving privacy in the digital age

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Levy, chief technology writer for Newsweek, provides an intriguing look at the recent revolution in cryptography in the digital ageDthe process of providing secure communications, such as e-mail ... Read full review

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Covers the recent history of cryptography mostly from the 1950s onwards, concentrating on how the amateurs and personal computers changed the field. Levy tells mini biographies of those that have recently contributed to the field. He also does a good job describing how the recent discovery of a 'public key' changed cryptography and how it works. It's nice to know where some of our current software and recent technological advances come from, like PGP, and why they were written/invented.  


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