nformation is, to a lot of programmers, sacred. That is, a lot of programmers think data should be free (which is why Unix and all derived software is free!) and that technology belongs to everyone. And we agree with these ideals, because things like this can help the world.
Another part of the equation is data security, meaning others can’t spy or steal what you send. It’s easy for governments to seem paranoid sometimes, because they almost never like strong encryption software in the hands of normal people.
Not because of what you’ll do what it, but because of what criminals and bad people can do with it.
There’s a new encryption software which is reportedly “making the government nervous”: an encryption protocol called Silent Circle. It encrypts texts (and even has a burn-after-reading function), calls, emails, and just about anything, it seems. Which is potentially dangerous in the wrong hands.
It’s not free, though, so unless you’re willing to drop about $20.00 per month, don’t go get it now. Check out this interesting article about the history behind Silent Circle.
If you’re interested in encryption and data security, it’s worth looking to work for the government. The US government isn’t known, typically, for high-paying jobs, but when you’re working for the NSA, you make bank.
The best part is you don’t have to worry about the government shutting you down for enabling terrorist activity, and you know you’re making a difference.
Plus, they might make spy movies about you.