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Group Proposes Encryption for All Web Traffic

by: Bryon Turcotte  /  November 18, 2013

A recommendation to make revisions to the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) will lead to the encryption of a large portion of the world's web traffic, according to a recent article published by Ars Technica.

The article states that a recent letter published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) announcing this proposal in the wake of concerns due to the current information leak controversy involving former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and documents regarding government surveillance of Internet communications.

Mark Nottingham, chair of the HTTPbis working group, the IETF body charged with designing the next-generation HTTP 2.0 specification, was quoted in the article to have said in this letter, "There seems to be strong consensus to increase the use of encryption on the Web, but there is less agreement about how to go about this._" In added comments, Bruce Schneier, a security expert, and cryptographer was quoted encouraging people to "_make surveillance expensive again by encrypting as much Internet data as possible."

Read more about what organizations support this idea and additional details regarding the recommendation here at the Ars Technica website.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  November 18, 2013