Ending The Endless Crypto Debate

Three Things We Should Be Arguing About Instead of Encryption Backdoors

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Media Outlet: Lawfare

Kevin Bankston wrote for Lawfare about what it really means to have the "adult" conversation on encryption. He notes in the piece, "Rather than continuing to argue about whether or how we might force encryption technology to adapt to law enforcement’s needs, our time would be better spent focusing on how we can help law enforcement adapt to the technology." In the article, he discusses in depth the three issues we should be debating instead of arguing over encryption backdoors: how to regulate lawful hacking, how to improve law enforcement's tech expertise, and how to solve the cross-border data problem.  


Kevin Bankston is the director of New America’s Open Technology Institute, where he works in the public interest to ensure that all communities have equitable access to an internet that is both open and secure. He previously served as OTI's policy director.