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Thursday, June 13 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Defending Encryption: Lessons from the Australian frontline

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In 2018, Australia passed legislation that provides far-reaching powers to law enforcement to break into encrypted communication systems.  Despite hard work and campaigning from many in civil society in Australia, we lost this fight. We were out-maneuverer, out-flanked and out-gunned. This session will be presented by two people working together from different organisations which were part of the civil society community in Australia fighting this law. The law has crossed dangerous boundaries into backdooring encryption; all eyes were on Australia in the lead up to the dramatic final hours of Parliament’s final 2018 sitting. The Bill became trapped between two houses of Parliament, with federal ministers throwing terrorism taunts, amid political brinksmanship on national security.

This talk is a story and a journey – to figure out how we could have done it better. We want to take the you on that journey. While this is a battle lost, the war is still in play. We talk about how this new law, which may soon be facing a review, may soon impact on other countries’ digital freedoms.

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Suelette Dreyfus

Executive Director, Blueprint for Free Speech
I circle the protections around the journalist-source relationship via technology, law, policy, education, practice and research. My other hat is as an Academic Specialist in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne.
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Lizzie O'Shea

Board members, Digital Rights Watch
Digital Rights Watch Australia

Thursday June 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
Village Stage (Laico)