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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.


The Path Forward on Encryption: The McCaul-Warner Commission

The current encryption debate is gridlocked. For the past year, privacy advocates, civil libertarians, Department of Justice attorneys, cryptographers, and others have been stonewalling one another, exchanging a barrage of bumper sticker slogans. These engagements have drawn attention to an important issue, but have largely failed to illuminate the path forward.


Warning Signs: A Checklist for Recognizing Flaws of Proposed “Exceptional Access” Systems

Author’s note: Despite appearing under my byline, this post actually represents the work of a larger group. The Keys Under Doormats group includes Harold Abelson, Ross Anderson, Steven M. Bellovin, Josh Benaloh, Matt Blaze,Whitfield Diffie, John Gilmore, Matthew Green, Susan Landau, Peter G. Neumann, Ronald L. Rivest, Jeffrey I. Schiller, Bruce Schneier, Michael A.

The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast: Daniel Weitzner and Benjamin Wittes on Going Dark and the Fallout from Apple v. FBI

Apple and the FBI may have settled the litigation over the San Bernadino iPhone, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over. With Congress on the verge of considering new legislation to compel technology companies to decrypt data, the Going Dark debate is alive and well.

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