Why Protecting Privacy With End-to-end Encryption Is Essential For National Security (Remote Talk)
10-01, 19:00–19:45 (Europe/Prague), Studio 2 - Slévárna

Recently democratic governments have been pushing back against end-to-end encryption, motivated by law enforcement considerations. But this undermines national security interests, especially in the current geopolitical context.

Philip R. Zimmermann is the creator of Pretty Good Privacy, an email encryption software package. Originally designed as a human rights tool, PGP was published for free on the Internet in 1991. This made Zimmermann the target of a three-year criminal investigation, because the government held that US export restrictions for cryptographic software were violated when PGP spread worldwide. Despite the lack of funding, the lack of any paid staff, the lack of a company to stand behind it, and despite government persecution, PGP nonetheless became the most widely used email encryption software in the world. After the government dropped its case in early 1996, Zimmermann founded PGP Inc. Since 2004, his focus has been on secure telephony for the Internet, developing the ZRTP protocol and creating products that use it, including Silent Phone and Zfone. Zimmermann is Co-founder of Silent Circle, a provider of secure communications services.