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Encryption 14 May 2020

Announcing the Launch of the Global Encryption Coalition

By Natalie CampbellSenior Director, North American Government and Regulatory Affairs

Today, more than 30 civil society organizations joined in launching the Global Encryption Coalition, to promote and defend encryption in key countries and multilateral gatherings where it is under threat. The new coalition is led by a Steering Committee consisting of the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), the Internet Society, and Global Partners Digital.

“The spread of COVID-19 has underlined the necessity of secure, private internet communications. Those who are fortunate enough to have strong internet connections are likely sharing increasing amounts of sensitive data online. At the same time, governments around the world are considering policies that put the security of that data at risk,” said Greg Nojeim, CDT’s Senior Counsel and Director of the Freedom, Security and Technology Project. “Encryption enables people to have private and secure digital lives.”

Working together with a membership that will quickly grow to include companies and technologists, CDT and the Coalition will help activists on the ground in key countries where it is under threat, like Canada, Australia, India, and Brazil, beat back proposals that would weaken encryption. “The Coalition will alert technologists to encryption threats around the world, and create mechanisms through which they can deliver expert analysis to mitigate those threats,” said Mallory Knodel, Chief Technology Officer of CDT.

“CDT is excited to have this opportunity to deliver expert analysis, global engagement, and a megaphone to support local efforts to protect encryption,” Nojeim added.

“The Internet Society is thrilled to be joining forces with the Center for Democracy and Technology and Global Partners Digital to form the Global Encryption Coalition,” said Jeff Wilbur, Senior Director of Online Trust at the Internet Society. “With a global health pandemic driving more of our daily activities and communications online, encryption is more important than ever to help keep people and countries secure. We look forward to working with a global movement of coalition members focused on promoting and defending the use of strong encryption policies and practices worldwide.“

We’re launching the Global Encryption Coalition with a series of free webinars on May 14 in five places around the globe. The events demonstrate how encryption helps people face the challenges that the current global health crisis has created.

Steering Committee Members
Center for Democracy and Technology
Internet Society
Global Partners Digital

Members (See full list of members.)
American Civil Liberties Union
Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Affairs
Coalizão Direitos na Rede
Coding Rights
Committee to Protect Journalists
Derechos Digitales
Digital Empowerment Foundation
Digital Rights Watch
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Fundación Karisma
The Institute for Technology & Society of Rio
Instituto Nupef
Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social
IP.rec – Instituto de Pesquisa em Direito e Tecnologia do Recife
IRIS – Instituto de Referência em Internet e Sociedade
LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute
New America’s Open Technology Institute
Open Media
Open Rights Group
Paradigm Initiative
Prostasia Foundation
Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales
Small Media
Software Freedom Law Center
Stiftung Neue Verantwortung

Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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