The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #96: James Comey on "Going Dark"

By Benjamin Wittes
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 2:34 PM


Photo Credit: Paul Morigi

I was delighted this morning to host FBI Director James Comey at a discussion at the Brookings Institution entitled, "Going Dark: Are Technology, Privacy, and Public Safety on a Collision Course?" The event was structured less as a speech---though Comey began by offering some brief remarks---than as a discussion with me and, particularly, the audience. The audience included a number of people---activists, technologists, and journalists, extremely well-versed in the subject of encryption. So the engagement from the floor is lively, smart, and interesting. The Lawfare Podcast actually owes something of a debt to Comey. Sometime back, before he was FBI Director, I was thinking of canceling the podcast. At a conference, however, Comey told me that he had recently listened to a marathon session of back episodes and found them very useful. So the podcast lived, and thrived. At the event this morning, Comey opened his remarks by saying: "I'm told also that I am going to be the subject of a recorded podcast for Lawfare, which is a blog I read every single day. So that's actually the real reason I am here and so excited." It's a terrific discussion, about which I will be posting some thoughts separately in the next few days.

You can also watch the discussion here: