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Little Brother inspired Google to encrypt its users’ traffic

On yesterday's "This Week in Google," a Google engineer called Matt Cutts revealed that the company started encrypting its queries in 2008 after reading my novel Little Brother, in which one of the plot-elements is a guerrilla movement that gets a friendly ISP to encrypt a lot of its traffic so that the movement's own encrypted connections won't stand out. I am incredibly honored and flattered to learn about this!

Coincidentally, I learned about this at the same time that Jens brought #oplittlebrother to my attention: it's a plan to organize a mass purchase of Little Brother on Saturday (tomorrow!).


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One Response to “Little Brother inspired Google to encrypt its users’ traffic”

  1. Cynigeek says:

    Cool beans, but it's an exercise in vanity when they subsequently fork over anything the NSA wants off their servers.

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