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Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Internet and Culture (iCLIC)

Encryption:The Key Issues Event

15:00 - 17:00
27 November 2017
Building 2A, Room 2077 (L/T J), Highfield Campus

Event details

Encryption is essential to online life. It forms the basis of secure communication and, without it, we would have no online banking, no online commerce, and no digital signatures. At the same time, law enforcement and intelligence agencies are concerned that the wide-scale roll-out of end-to-end encryption will impede their investigations, weakening their capability to detect and prevent crime. In this lecture, solicitor Neil Brown and technologist Adrian Kennard will explain the basics of cryptography, and its role in Internet communications. They will discuss the numerous legal frameworks relating to encryption, including the forthcoming Investigatory Powers Act, before unpicking the ongoing debate about WhatsApp and end-to-end encryption.

Speaker information

Neil Brown,solicitor and managing director of law firm Decoded, Legal, specialising in Internet, telecoms, and technology law. Neil is a trustee of the Society for Computers and Law, a member of the Law Society's technology and law reference group, and deputy chair of the Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing.

Adrian Kennard,managing director of specialist internet service provider Andrew & Arnold, Alongside years of experience building and running an ISP, he is jointly responsible for developing the FireBrick series of routers. Adrian appeared before the Joint Committee on the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, giving evidence on encryption and surveillance.

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