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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.
  • Find out why it is important, and the ways in which we rely upon strong encryption in our daily lives.
  • Understand how and why efforts to weaken encryption pose a serious threat.
  • Learn about various “backdoor access” proposals and why they are problematic.
  • Learn about the Internet Society’s goals and activities related to supporting strong encryption and defending against threats to it.
  • Discover what actions you can take to advocate for strong encryption in your community and beyond.

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 how encryption 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 fundamental for a secure, trusted and more resilient Internet.

How do I enroll in a course?

When do I start?

This course lasts four weeks. Registration period opens three weeks prior to the course start date.

24 June–14 July 2024

Course duration

15 January–11 February 2024

Course duration

08 April–05 May 2024

Course duration

Moderated course
(with an instructor)

4 weeks

Available in
English, French and Spanish