Dec 212013

I just learned about the existence of an ongoing effort to publicly audit TrueCrypt, which I’ve started using to replace all my PGP disks.

The latest progress update is at

This is awesome, and in my opinion an important aspect of the future of cryptography – “open source”, crowdfunded, transparent audits of crypto implementations are the way to rebuild confidence in technology as a vital element for ensuring trust and privacy.

In this sense, I believe that the NSA revelations may actually have had a net positive effect, in finally dispelling any lingering doubts that even open and standardized crypto implementation standards are subject to being undermined – and as we all know, once a back door is in place, anyone can hypothetically use it.