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What is the Encryption course?

This course is an introduction to encryption, and is intended to serve both as an overview and as a level set and foundation. Encryption is a key element in protecting us and our information as we go about our daily lives and as we interact with others online. It ensures our information and our communications remain confidential, protected, and available only to those for whom we intend.

What are the course objectives?

  • Describe encryption concepts at a high level, and the benefits encryption offers to us individually and as a society.
  • Understand and explain why it is important, and the ways in which we rely upon strong encryption in our daily lives.
  • Understand and explain the ways in which efforts to weaken encryption pose a serious threat.
  • Understand and explain various “backdoor access” proposals and why they are problematic.
  • Understand and explain the Internet Society’s goals and activities related to supporting strong encryption and defending against threats to it.
  • Understand what actions you can take to advocate for strong encryption in your community and beyond.

Moderated course
(with an instructor)

4 weeks

Available in
English, French and Spanish

Offered 5 times throughout 2021

Who should attend this course?

This course does not have prerequisites.

You should attend this course if:

  • You would like to have a solid understanding of encryption as it relates to you as an Internet user and what threats it may face from governments, industry, and criminals.
  • You would like to be able to advocate for strong encryption.
  • You would like to become an encryption supporter and activate a Chapter.
  • You want to build awareness of the importance and benefits of encryption.
  • You want to help shape the encryption process to protect data on the Internet.
  • You would like to learn why encryption is one of the main pillars of the Internet.

How do I enroll in a course?

When do I start?

This course lasts four weeks and will be available five times in 2021.

9 – 29 August 2021

Registration period

30 August – 24 September 2021

Course duration

21 September – 10 October 2021

Registration period

11 October – 5 November 2021

Course duration

25 October – 14 November 2021

Registration period

15 November – 10 December 2021

Course duration

29 March – 18 April 2021

Registration period

19 April – 14 May 2021

Course duration

10 – 30 May 2021

Registration period

31 May – 25 June 2021

Course duration