Subject: Re: Novel anti-software-patent article
From: shapj@us.ibm.com
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2000 15:07:02 -0500

Lynn writes:

> Of course, once they've published software containing
> the algorithm, it's no longer really a secret, anymore
> than if they had put it in a

One of the essential beauties of cryptography is that the security of the
data doesn't depend on the secrecy of the method. On the contrary, the
method is inspectable, and the *quality* of the data security is therefore
something that anyone can assess and all can agree on.

Jonathan S. Shapiro, Ph. D.
Research Staff Member
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
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