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"Cryptography rearranges power: it configures who can do
what, from what. This makes cryptography an inherently political tool, and it confers on the field an intrinsically moral dimension.
The Snowden revelations motivate a reassessment of the political and moral positioning of cryptography. They lead one to ask if our inability to effectively address mass surveillance constitutes a failure of our field. I believe that it does.
I call for a community-wide effort to develop more effective means to resist mass surveillance. I plead for a reinvention of our disciplinary culture to attend not only to puzzles and math, but, also, to the societal implications of our work."
The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work