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Attacks on Encryption: Privacy, Civil Society and the Surveillance State

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ThoughtWorks Brisbane

127 Creek Street

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Brisbane City, QLD 4000

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Join the Australian Privacy Foundation, Digital Rights Watch Australia, Future Wise, and the QUT Crime and Justice Research Centre at ThoughtWorks Brisbane office to discuss 'Attacks on Encryption: Privacy, Civil Society, and the Surveillance State.'

The Australian Government has announced it will pursue new powers to access encrypted communications. At present, it is unclear if Australia's laws will require so-called backdoor vulnerabilities to be built into messaging applications. They could compel access via decryption keys or they might enable remote access to devices for interception of communications "at the ends."

There are wide ranging privacy and information security concerns in relation to these proposed new laws.

We have brought together a range of experts to have a critical conversation about surveillance politics, international dimensions of privacy law, the contested moral legitimacy of encryption backdoors, encryption for journalists and current civil society campaigns in this area.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Former Senator Scott Ludlam: Surveillance politics

  • Dr Angela Daly, Digital Rights Watch Australia and QUT Law: Legal dimensions of the global #waronmaths

  • Justin Clacherty, Redfish Group, Australian Privacy Foundation, and Future Wise: Government attacks on encryption and civil society coalition campaigns

  • Robin Doherty, ThoughtWorks and Hack for Privacy and Eru Penkman, ThoughtWorks and brisSafety: Breaking Encryption for Dummies

  • Dr Brenda Moon, QUT Digital Media Research Centre and Felix Muench, PhD Candidate QUT Digital Media Research Centre: Encryption for journalists

  • Michael Wilson, QUT Justice PhD Candidate: The contested moral legitimacy of encryption ‘backdoors’

  • Discussant: Phil Green, QLD Privacy Commissioner

The event will be live streamed for those interested and unable to join in person. For full abstracts and speaker bios go here.

Arrive at 17:30 for food, drinks and networking with presentations commencing at 18:00 sharp.

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