AI, Encryption, and the Sins of the 90s

Keynote by Meredith Whittaker

Tuesday, 27 February 2024

Looking back to the “Crypto Wars” of the 90s, Meredith Whittaker gave a clear and informed perspective on the political, technical, and commercial pressures that have shaped our current encryption policy landscape.

Her analysis led to a stark warning: we’re mistaken if we assume we are in the midst of ‘Crypto Wars 2.0’… because an economic engine fuelled by personal data, surveillance technology, and AI/ML represents a very different threat to the 90s domination of encryption technology by government expertise and regulation. Fundamentally, different forces are now at work and require a different response: NDSS research is at the leading edge of that response.

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Keynote Speaker: Meredith Whittaker, Signal

Meredith Whittaker is president of the Signal Foundation and has over 17 years of experience in tech, spanning industry, academia, and government.

Before joining Signal, she was the Minderoo Research Professor at NYU, and co-founded and directed the AI Now Institute. Prior to NYU, she worked at Google for over a decade, including founding Google’s Open Research Group, and co-founding M-Lab, a globally distributed network measurement platform that now provides the world’s largest source of open data on Internet performance.

She has advised the White House, the FCC, the City of New York, the European Parliament, and other governments and civil society organizations on privacy, security, artificial intelligence, Internet policy, and measurement. She recently completed a term as Senior Advisor on AI to the Chair at the US Federal Trade Commission.

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