[Ach] anecdote: how to quantify social change/perception

L. Aaron Kaplan kaplan at cert.at
Mon Dec 9 23:45:10 CET 2013

Very nice story :)

Greetings from the office where we still work on the draft paper :)

On Dec 9, 2013, at 11:35 PM, Aaron Zauner <azet at azet.org> wrote:

> Hi Guys,
> So I just sat in the tramway back from our meeting. Next to me sits this mid-20ties girl with her parents. After a couple of minutes she starts explaining about an article she read about public key cryptography, mentioning alice, bob, eve and explaning (very simple) attacks. Her parents seemed to be extremely interested. 
> I guess wide spread government surveillance had something beautiful to contribute to society in the end: public discussion and interest in cryptography and how to stop people subverting your privacy. I mean people like us knew of these possibilities for years, and we expected governments to use them as they did. But public perception has been far off, and changed dramatically due to coverage by newspapers worldwide: "I don't have anything to hide" -> "Why should I let someone into my personal life that I do not even know (or maybe do not even trust)?"
> Good night,
> Aaron
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