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This article was published on November 21, 2013

Google’s Eric Schmidt thinks government censorship will be wiped out within ten years

Google’s Eric Schmidt thinks government censorship will be wiped out within ten years Image by: AFP/Getty Images
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Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in touch via Twitter or Google+.

INDIA-US-IT-GOOGLE-SCHMIDTGoogle’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt is highly optimistic — he thinks that government censorship can be ended within a decade, Bloomberg reports.

The key to that? Encryption. Schmidt said in a speech, hosted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, that “the solution to government surveillance is to encrypt everything.”

He acknowledges that the NSA and other countries have probably broken some of the encryption standards used today, but “it’s always a cat-and-mouse game” and in the race for stronger protection over Internet traffic, he thinks the censors will lose. As of now, Google and other Internet companies have already made their networks more secure in response to the NSA revelations.

As for China, the country which is literally obsessed with patrolling the Internet, Schmidt says he thinks Chinese citizens will start using technology that authorities there won’t be able to control or stop. “You cannot stop it if it’s a good idea broadly held,” Schmidt says.

Google’s Schmidt Sees Encryption Killing Censorship [Bloomberg]

Headline image via Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

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