[Cryptography] Ad hoc "exceptional access" discussion at Crypto'15 ?

Henry Baker hbaker1 at pipeline.com
Sun Jul 12 00:36:13 EDT 2015

At 07:18 PM 7/11/2015, Peter Fairbrother wrote:
>On 11/07/15 15:12, Henry Baker wrote:
>>Is there any appetite for one or more ad hoc sessions to discuss "exceptional access" (aka "keys under doormats" aka "crypto wars") at Crypto'15 in Santa Barbara?
>I am unsure what "exceptional access" means.
>Is it universal access by exceptional people, eg the NSA can read everything, or access in exceptional circumstances, eg the UK's Cameron's "with a warrant signed personally by the Home Secretary"?
>Of course to a cryptographer these are much the same thing, but politically they seem to be different.
>7th principle of information security: Holes for good guys are holes for bad guys too.

"Exceptional access" is the term used in the recent MIT "Keys under Doormats" report.  One reason for a discussion session is to come up with better arguments to explain to non-tekkies what the issues are, and why the FBI should be careful what it wishes for.

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