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Meet the Seven People Who Hold the Keys to Worldwide Internet Security


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Exchanging smartcards

Each of the 14 primary keyholders owns a traditional metal key to a safety deposit box, which in turn contains a smartcard, which in turn activates a machine that creates a new master key.

Credit: Laurence Mathieu for the Guardian

In a nondescript industrial estate in El Segundo, a boxy suburb in south-west Los Angeles just a mile or two from LAX international airport, 20 people wait in a windowless canteen for a ceremony to begin.

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