Attacks on Encryption – Event Report

Prof. Reece Walter with speakers

Belinda Carpenter opening the event

On Thursday the 5th of October the Crime and Justice Research Centre, in collaboration with civil society groups the Australian Privacy Foundation, Digital Rights Watch Australia and FutureWise, and industry partner ThoughtWorks, hosted an event on ‘Attacks on Encryption.’ This in response to the Australian Government’s intention to pursue new and increased powers to access encrypted communications via s’backdoors.’

A panel of encryption experts, international privacy law experts, politicians, digital rights advocates, and journalists examined the social and technical consequences of the proposed new ‘backdooring’ powers. They argued these powers are unnecessary and should be highly concerning for Australians who, unlike other western democracies, do not have a constitutional right to privacy.

Presentations from the night are available at the following links:
Surveillance politics
Former Senator Mr Scott Ludlam
https://youtu.be/Y-puLRRFohQ

Legal dimensions of the global #waronmaths
Angela Daly, Digital Rights Watch Australia and QUT Law
https://youtu.be/Y-puLRRFohQ?t=21m35s

Government attacks on encryption and civil society coalition campaigns
Justin Clacherty, Redfish Group, Australian Privacy Foundation, and Future Wise
https://youtu.be/Y-puLRRFohQ?t=36m15s

Breaking Encryption for Dummies
Robin Doherty, ThoughtWorks and Hack for Privacy and Eru Penkman, ThoughtWorks and brisSafety
https://youtu.be/Y-puLRRFohQ?t=58m50s
Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1izSTqTmO3Gl79KrliUoeBoFi44NceL4pSIbY8yl-Ur0/edit?usp=sharing

Encryption for journalists
Felix Münch, PhD Candidate QUT Digital Media Research Centre
https://youtu.be/Y-puLRRFohQ?t=1h22m
Slides: https://flxvctr.github.io/encrypt_all_the_things_primer/

The contested moral legitimacy of encryption ‘backdoors’
Michael Wilson, QUT Justice PhD Candidate
https://youtu.be/Y-puLRRFohQ?t=1h40m44s

Discussant
Phil Green, QLD Privacy Commissioner
https://youtu.be/Y-puLRRFohQ?t=1h51m24s

Q&A Panel
https://youtu.be/Y-puLRRFohQ?t=1h58m32s

Further information about the event can be found at this link:

https://www.attacks-on-encryption.com/

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