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The Internet Society believes that encryption should be the norm for Internet traffic, and that this is an important additional step of ongoing efforts by the technical community to address the important issue of pervasive monitoring. Please see the following statements:

Both of these were issued in response to the IETF's RFC 7258 stating that pervasive monitoring represents an attack against the Internet. Both statements also recognize that implementing this aspiration of pervasive encryption raises a number of practical issues and technical challenges. In addition to network management, intrusion detection, and spam prevention, we expect there will be economic and policy challenges. Still, our end goal is an Internet where traffic is confidential by default.

To understand the current (2016) state of encryption issues, you may want to begin with watching the video recording of our May 25, 2016, event:

We have published multiple blog posts that express our views. A few examples:

Beyond the statements referenced above, we have also issued the following statements, comments or reports:

We support projects that increase the use and deployment of encryption across the Internet, including:

Additionally, the W3C has issued the following findings that we find helpful:

The World Information Technology And Services Alliance (WITSA) also issued this statement:

Finally, our Greater Washington, DC, Chapter (ISOC-DC) created this video to explain encryption issues:

We believe that encryption plays a vital role in increasing the overall trust in the Internet.  Please join with us in helping make pervasive encryption a reality!

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