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Child Exploitation and the Future of Encryption

On Sept. 28, the New York Times published a harrowing, in-depth investigative story on the prevalence of child pornography on the internet. The piece describes a staggering increase in the number of reports to the federal National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) flagging child sexual abuse imagery online from an already-high one million in 2014 to an almost unfathomable 18.4 million in 2018—an increase of almost 1,750 percent in just four years.


How Long Will Unbreakable Commercial Encryption Last?

Most people who follow the debate over unbreakable, end-to-end encryption think that it’s more or less over. Silicon Valley has been committed to offering such encryption since at least the Snowden revelations; the FBI has abandoned its legal campaign against Apple’s device encryption; and prominent national security figures, especially those tied to the National Security Agency,, have sided with industry and against the Justice Department.

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Revelations on the FBI’s Unlocking of the San Bernardino iPhone: Maybe the Future Isn't Going Dark After All

Lawfare readers may be familiar with the San Bernardino case in which the FBI took Apple to court over the locked iPhone of the dead terrorist. I certainly am. I testified in Congress about the case in March 2016 and recently published a book on whether law enforcement should have exceptional access to locked devices. (Short answer: no).


Lawful Hacking and the Case for a Strategic Approach to “Going Dark”

As part of a series on "Election 2016 and American's Future," I recently released a Brookings policy brief on a strategic approach to “Going Dark” for the next administration. Recognizing the current deadlock—and need for a new approach—I recommend that the executive branch adopt a policy of fully exploring alternatives to legislative mandates, with lawful hacking as the central component.

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