Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

The level of public criticism and opposition to the Federal Government's encryption bill has come about because it was developed with very little consultation and then suddenly dumped on the public, the head of Internet Australia, Dr Paul Brooks, says.

The Federal Government is yet to properly define in its encryption bill what a systemic weakness means, and the question came up more than once for discussion during the second hearing on the bill before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Security and Intelligence.

American cryptography fellow Riana Pfefferkorn has questioned what end the Federal Government's encryption bill is trying to achieve, asking whether the ends of keeping crime under control could not be achieved by other means.

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