The praise of GnuPG @31C3

Marcio Barbado, Jr. marcio.barbado at
Mon Jan 12 16:17:50 CET 2015

Hi Nicolai,

> So, please watch it completely at:

It would've been better not to induce to scripts. Video file here:

thanks for sharing it, anyway. Only watched it now.

Sadly, noticeable is the fact that many of us are concerned with
hiding information, instead of exploring limits of math. There's the
power of fear. Funding wars since ever.


Marcio Barbado, Jr.

On Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 1:55 PM, Nicolai Josuttis <nico at> wrote:
> Disclaimer:
> Sorry guys, I first wrote these emails as part of another thread.
> (Not enough sleep over the last days of 31C3 ...)
> But because IMO this is something important for this list,
> please allow me to redistribute it as separate thread, again.
> For those who didn't have time to see it yet,
> there was an important talk at 31C3
> about the social and technical status and consequences of
> encryption by Jacob Applebaum and Laura Poitras.
> As a side effect it covers GnuPG significantly.
> So, please watch it completely at:
> For those not having enough time let me point out and quote some content
> from the talk with the timepoints in the video
> to be able to see/hear/double-check it yourself.
> I also added sometime some add-ons in [...] to understand the context.
> All quotes except the last are by Jacob Appelbaum.
> [26:33]:
>  PPTP, ipsec, SSL, TLS, SSH are broken by NSA
> [31:23]:
>  we found that they [NSA] consistently break various different
>  types of encryption
> [33:40]:
>  we want to show one PRISM record
>  (the record contains:
>   "no decrypt available for this OTR encrypted message")
> [34:22]:
>  basically everyone that uses cryptography is broken
>  except for two things: OTR and PGP ([36:06])
> [37:08]:
>  the sad part is that not everyone is using it
>  but the good news is that when you use it it appears to work
>  (when you verified the fingerprint for example)
> [37:38]:
>  they [NSA] themselves find that they are blinded
>  when you use properly implemented cryptography.
> [37:46]:
>  GnuPG and OTR are two things that actually stop the spies
>  from spying on you with PRISM
> [40:11]:
>  if you use redphone and signal,
>  if you use something like TOR and GnuPG
>  with a properly sized key ...
>  if you use OTR
>  if you use ...
>  if you use encontered together
>  you blind them
> [42:41]:
>  Werner Koch [GnuPG], ... could you stand up?
>  ...
>  Ian Goldberg [OTR], ...
>  ...
>  Christine Corbett [Signal],
>  stand up and keep standing!
>  ...
>  These people without even knowing it and without
>  even trying they beat them!
> 43:55 :
>  Laura Poitras:
>  Last night I screened my film Citizenfour here ...
>  Somebody ask what an they do to support the work that Snowden has done
>  and the Journalists.
>  ...
>  Everybody should fund the work that you guys do ...
>  because literally, my work would not be possible without
>  the work that you do.
>  So, I would like it if everybody in this room when they leave here
>  in the next week to reach out and fund these projects
>  because without these projects the journalism
>  that Glenn [Greenwald] and I and Jake have done
>  would literally not be possible
> --
> Nicolai M. Josuttis
> PGP Fingerprint: EA25 EF48 BF20 01E4 1FAB 0C1C DEF9 FC80 8A1C 44D0
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