Secure email a "daunting challenge"

Matthew Green, for The New Yorker:, reports on the challenge of consumer cryptography.

The Justice Department did decide to back off, handing [PGP creator] Zimmermann and his fellow pro-cryptography activists, or "cypherpunks," what appeared to be an overwhelming political and legal victory. But it turned out to be somewhat hollow: the government had given up partly because it realized that encryption wasn't going mainstream at all. The main reason for this is as sad as it is simple: encrypting e-mail is just hard.

Times change, though, don't they?