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Submission + - After the Belfast Project fiasco, time for another look at time capsule crypto?->

JonZittrain writes: I'm curious whether there are good prospects for "time capsule encryption," one of several ways of storing information that renders it inaccessible to anyone until certain conditions — such as the passage of time — are met? Libraries and archives could offer such technology as part of accepting papers and manuscripts, especially in the wake of the "Belfast Project" situation, where a library promised confidentiality for accounts of the Troubles in North Ireland, and then found itself amidst subpoenas from law enforcement looking to solve long-cold cases. But the principle could apply to any person or company thinking that there's a choice between leaving information exposed to leakage, or destroying it entirely. Some suggested solutions are very much out of the box.

[Author's oped in Boston Globe.]

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After the Belfast Project fiasco, time for another look at time capsule crypto?

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