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.
Join us for lunch on Friday, October 25th to 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, ISOC-DC and the Open Technology Institute at New America will host 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.

The Human Side of Encryption: 12:00pm-1:15pm
You’ll get to hear perspectives from marginalized communities that are sometimes left out of the recurring narrative.
Panelists will include:

  • Moderator: Michael De Dora (Committee to Protect Journalists)
  • Carlos Gutierrez (LGBT Tech)
  • Alejandro Roark (Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership)=
  • Qasim Jafary (AARP)

The Technology of Encryption: 1:15pm-2:30pm
Experts will cover how encryption technology works, the implications of ‘exceptional access’ proposals, and the day-to-day impact of encryption on people and society.
Panelists will include:

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

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

Lunch will be included. A livestream will be available.

Date and Time

October 25, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT


Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2237
45 Independence Avenue Southwest
Washington, DC 20515


Register Here