Quittner, Josh. “When Art Resembles National Security” (Sidebar).

Newsday 16 June 1992. Retrieved 31 Aug. 2005. http://eserver.org/cyber/newsday.txt

News article about technologically-enabled texts, including Agrippa; also features a sidebar about the specific code used to generate Agrippa’s self-encrypting text.

“William Gibson’s short story, “Agrippa,” is designed to automatically and irrevocably encode itself after a viewer reads it on a computer screen. But because a sophisticated and virtually unbreakable encryption program, known as RSA, is used to do the code work, and because RSA, like most encryption devices, is closely guarded by the U.S. government, it’s possible that “Agrippa” may not be sold overseas, said Kevin Begos, the publisher.

… On the one hand, exporting a product with RSA code built into it is clearly controlled by the government, which monitors use of the code with particular attention because it is considered one of the best codes ever devised. “We want to know where it went and who’s got it and how it’s being used,” said Daniel Cook, a spokesman for the State Department’s Office of Defense Trade Controls. “The intent is to keep it out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have it.”