The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee in the Media
A packed room and C-SPAN cameras at the July 24 event on strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs)
Each Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee event this year has been broadcast live to viewers everywhere. Audio podcasts and media coverage of our events have also helped spread awareness of the key issues our expert speakers have broken down for policymakers in Washington. Here’s a quick look at how we’ve gotten out the message in 2015.
The European Internet Forum (EIF) has been working to support informed policymaking in the digital age since 2000. We commend our partners in Europe on their record of success promoting the benefits of the Internet for all EU citizens and providing a nonpartisan platform for debate.
EIF has achieved this remarkable milestone thanks to the leadership of its current and past chairs and governors including, among others, James Elles, Erika Mann, Elly Plooij-van Gorsel, and Pilar del Castillo.
Our organizations have worked together to share ideas and to explore the policy steps needed to ensure that the Internet achieves its full potential. We have been inspired and excited by the great strides made by the EIF over the last 15 years encouraging informed policy leadership and engagement on Internet policy and new technologies.
You can watch or listen to video and audio podcast of the event below for a terrific overview of the debate.
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Encrypting Smartphones and Internet Messages: Are Americans More or Less Secure?
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015 Location Rayburn House Office Building Room 2226
Recently the “Crypto Wars” debate started anew when FBI Director Comey suggested that Apple and Google’s encrypting their smartphones presented grave concerns to law enforcement. He suggested that law enforcement should hold to the keys to such communications. UK Prime Minister David Cameron amplified that concern in the wake of the Paris terrorist attack suggesting that encrypted communications should be beyond the ears of law enforcement. And just recently President Barack Obama has called for a public conversation on encryption policy. That is a conversation we want to start on March 12.
The data encryption, or crypto, debate is a balancing act between providing digital security for personal communications while allowing security agencies access to prevent or respond to catastrophes. Corporations and privacy advocates argue that strong encryption is good for business and the only way to truly secure your computer or mobile device, but does this protection come at a cost? Are there any technical solutions to address this challenge?
David Bitkower, Deputy Assistant Attorney General (Criminal Division), United States Department of Justice (Bio)
Jen Ellis, Senior Director of Community and Public Affairs, Rapid7 (Bio)
Tal Kopan, Cybersecurity Reporter, Politico Pro (Moderator) (Bio)