Encryption makes it easier to secure our data against prying eyes, but it also limits law enforcement access during investigations. Law enforcement authorities have complained that, with the spread of encryption, the Internet is “going dark,” but privacy advocates counter that we’re still living in a “golden age” of surveillance. Which is it? If the former, should technology companies be forced to weaken the security they offer their users to accommodate law enforcement demands for access? Or is strong encryption a necessary response to the exponential growth of surveillance capabilities?

Join our distinguished panel as we discuss some of the fascinating and complex questions that were raised—but not resolved—in the Apple v. FBI showdown of 2016. 

Joan Feigenbaum, Grace Murray Hopper Professor of Computer Science, Yale University
Robert S. Litt, Former General Counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster

Moderated by Alex Abdo, Senior Staff Attorney, Knight First Amendment Institute

Protecting Privacy in the “Golden Age” of Surveillance

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019
12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Jerome Greene Hall, room 101
Columbia University

A non-pizza lunch will be served.

Co-sponsored by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and student chapters of American Constitution Society, Federalist Society, and National Security Law Society.