Join Kurt Opsahl, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and representatives from government, industry and civil liberties groups, as they debate hacking, vulnerabilities and disclosure, in light of the recent Apple encryption cases. While encryption took the lion’s share of the conversations related to the case, the way in which it was resolved brings up significant other concerns. A third party company came forth with a previously-unknown vulnerability and offered to sell the hack that would exploit it to the FBI, ostensibly keeping the public in the dark and leading to wild speculations about what might have allowed law enforcement to break into the iPhone.

Are whitehat and greyhat hackers, like those that sold the vulnerability to the FBI, responsible for releasing that information to the government, to the company itself, to the public or not at all? Is Government the one that is responsible for disclosing these backdoors? Does the difference between existing backdoors and forced backdoors change the answers to the previous questions? How would better collaboration between security researchers and those who build and own systems change the parameters? What would a mechanism for disclosure of such technical concerns look like? These questions and many more will animate a lively discussion on an important but rather overlooked topic.


– Kurt Opsahl, General Counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation (Bio)
– Heather West, Senior Policy Manager, Mozilla (Bio)
– Susan Hennessey, Fellow in National Security in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution (Bio)
– Harley Geiger, Policy Director, Rapid7 (Bio)
– David Morar, Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (Moderator)

Date: Monday, June 11th, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2226
Register: Via Eventbrite here.
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This widely attended educational briefing is hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), part of a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Congressional staff and members of the press welcome. The ICAC is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and corporations. The ICAC takes no positions on legislation or regulation. Rather, it’s a neutral platform where thought leaders debate important technology issues that shape legislative and administration policy in an open forum. We vigilantly adhere to our mission to curate balanced and dynamic debates among Internet stakeholders. Our volunteer board members ensure that we dutifully execute that mission. More information on the ICAC is available at