One of the great achilles heels of the coercive asociation is anonymty. If individuals are capable of building networks through which they can exchange data, including value, including technological blueprints, outside of the watchful eye of a coercive enterprise, the potential to build systems independent of that coercive association are massive.
Newsweek offers a look at the potential for a completely anonymous network through quantum computing and likens it to a technology arms race. In their framework, the race may be between coercive associations, but in my mindset, the race is between free associations and coercive associations. You can bet the coercive associations are trying to master the technology so they can understand how best to keep it contained for as long as they can.
Is it possible to build a network that’s impossible to hack? Quantum physicists believe it might.
Scientists have previously demonstrated that quantum pathways of communication could be secure, but only from one quantum computer to another. Now, a team from the University College London has shown for the first time that unconditionally secure communication is possible between multiple quantum devices……
Information shared between quantum devices can’t be breached by a non-quantum device, so the first step in building a secure quantum network is to make sure that the computers in question are secure themselves. The team created a method that first tests a device to confirm that it’s quantum-based, then from that info, established secret encryption keys that can only ever be shared between the computers that created them. A paper describing the research was published in the journal Physical Review Letters.
It’s a big step forward in the pursuit of a hack-proof internet. A large-scale network will need to be accessible from more than two computers. The European Union and the United Kingdom are committing the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars each to quantum tech, according to a University College London press release. The researchers compared it to a “technology arms race.”
……a quantum computer—which does not operate under any traditional system—can quickly invert such an encryption, meaning reverse-engineer it to crack it open. Quantum theory does not care how hard a math problem is.
So, in order to defend against quantum hacking, we need quantum security. A quantum network would replace the traditional mathematical encryptions with quantum law, meaning in order to break in, someone would need to literally break the laws of physics. In other words, secure here doesn’t mean very hard to break into; it means secure.