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SXSW Interactive 2016

The New Battle Over Encryption & How to Survive It

Strong encryption is taking over the tech landscape. Apple and Google are encrypting our smartphones, WhatsApp and iMessage have brought us easy-to-use end-to-end security, and more sites every day are encrypting our web connections. But this post-Snowden spread of encryption is facing a backlash, with some in government calling it a threat to law and order and pressing companies to build backdoors for surveillance. Come hear a top developer of secure apps, a major Internet company's policy expert, a national tech business reporter and a longtime privacy advocate talk about what this new "Crypto War" means for the future of innovation, cybersecurity, the tech economy, and your business.

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  1. What does the current landscape of products and services that use strong encryption look like? What are the latest trends and biggest opportunities?
  2. What is the current policy debate over encryption about? Who are the players, what are their arguments, what's the latest news, and who's affected?
  3. How can users, start-ups, and the broader tech industry impact the crypto debate, whether politically or technologically?



Kevin Bankston, Dir of Open Tech Institute, New America

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  • Tags: security, policy, encryption
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Government and Policy
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced
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