Encryption With A Back Door Is NOT Encryption

There’s been an increasing call in recent weeks and months for encryption to have government ‘backdoors’ put into them. This is a bad idea. No really, it’s an incredibly bad idea. Even if we took the assumption that it is a push that’s made with only the purest of intentions, and the government universal key is kept 100% safe and secure and never leaked or misused, it’s still a really, unbelievably, stupid idea.

I gave a talk on this back in September 2019 at Dragon Con on this topic, you can watch it here.

If you don’t want to watch that, or want it in specifics, then here’s why:

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EU Copyright Articles 13/15/17: What It Means in the USA – Dragon Con 2019

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As part of the ongoing series of Dragon Con panel videos, here’s the panel from the 2019 Dragon Con EFForums track, on the new copyright laws passed in the European Union (Articles 13/15/17) and what that will mean to those of us over here in the US

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Indictment of Julian Assange – Dragon Con 2019 Panel

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As part of the ongoing series of Dragon Con panel videos, here’s the panel from the 2019 Dragon Con EFForums track, on the indictment of Julian Assange.

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Internet Down Under: Australia’s Mandated Backdoors & Other Bad Policy – Dragon Con 2019 Panel

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Panel time again, this time looking at the mandatory backdoors into encryption that’s being pushed by government officials looking to – as they put it – “deal with crime”, when it’s just an excuse to expand surveilance and extend control.

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Pratchett & Gaiman: Lessons for Preventing an Apocalypse – Dragon Con 2019

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Are you ready for the first of this years panels featuring yours truely?

Tough! Because I’m going to do it anyway

So first one is the Brit Track panel on the new Amazon series “Good Omens”

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Dragon Con 2019 Wrap-up

The blue sticker is the bit with my DCTV credentials, on the back side of the badge

Wow, what an event that was. I’m just finished ‘recovering’ from it, but it was a lot of fun.

Overall, as noted earlier, I did a bunch of panels, including my first TrekTrack one.

So a quick breakdown of things by day.

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