Encryption Briefing: Understanding Its Technical and Human Elements

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Dangerous myths about encryption are being increasingly used to justify laws that erode the basic foundation of trust on the Internet. It’s time to get the facts straight.

Learn the truth about encryption and what’s needed to make sure policies protect citizens, democratic institutions, commerce and critical infrastructure online. 

The Internet Society, in partnership with the Center for Democracy & Technology, LGBT Tech, and the Open Technology Institute at New America hosted a public event to help you understand the day-to-day impact of encryption and how to make sure policies protect people, vulnerable communities, commerce and national security. 

This open event featured two panel sessions covering everything you need to know about encryption: the Human Side of Encryption and the Technology of Encryption.

The Human Side of Encryption: 12:00pm-1:15pm

We talked about the perspectives from marginalized communities that are sometimes left out of the recurring narrative.

Panelists included:

  • Chris Wood (LGBT Tech)
  • Alejandro Roark (Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership)
  • Qasim Jafary (AARP)
  • Hannah Quay-de la Vallee (Center for Democracy & Technology)

Moderator: Michael De Dora (Committee to Protect Journalists)

The Technology of Encryption: 1:15pm-2:30pm

Experts covered how encryption technology works, the implications of ‘exceptional access’ proposals, and the day-to-day impact of encryption on people and society.

Panelists included:

  • Sharon Bradford Franklin (Open Technology Institute)
  • Steve Bellovin (Columbia University)
  • Jeff Ratner (Apple)

Moderator: Joe Uchill (Axios)

Don’t be fooled by the myths on encryption. Learn how everyone can play a role to keep people and countries safe online.

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Date and Time

12:00 – 14:30

Friday 25 October 2019

Location

Rayburn House Office Building

Room 2237
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515
United States

Organizers

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