As well, new conflicts do not fit easily in the traditional opposition scheme. On the Governments vs. Privacy Advocates side, the tactics seem to have changed: instead of outlawing cryptography it now seems pressure will move to outlawing (or at the very least, rendering ineffective) it's use, proceeding on a case by case basis. The U.K. RIP Bill, for example, would make it illegal for an individual to refuse to provide a decryption key to an authorized law enforcement officer. The civil liberties/crypto communities have responded with strong opposition and a revived interest in steganography.
On the Corporations vs. Consumers side, we now have issues on illegal reverse engineering, illegal trafficking of decryption technology, Intellectual Property and Copyright theft, and expected problems with the DMCA and UCITA. The list of potential problems include artificially "strong" cryptography, impediments to the research and development of new algorithms, and the impossibility to verify how securely protected is your data. How this issues are resolved will have a tremendous impact on the future of civil liberties on the net.
Dr. Whitfield Diffie, often referred to as the father of public key cryptography, has been a leading participant in the debate on national security and privacy protection. At Friday's lunchtime talk he will discuss the changing dynamics of cryptography and privacy debates around the world.