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Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Decrypting the Cybersecurity Debate in Washington

Sunday, March 13
11:00AM - 12:00PM

JW Marriott
Salon 3-4
110 E 2nd St

In 2015, tech companies announced that they would implement increased security measures on their products to strengthen privacy and data security. However, these advancements were met with concern from law enforcement entities, who worry they won't be able to access information to stop criminals. The conflict has sparked a larger debate in Washington concerning cyber security and how industry can work with the government. This panel features leading voices on the topic with Congressman Will Hurd who serves as Chairman for the Committee overseeing cyber security in the federal government, former and current experts from the White House and cyber-security industry representatives.

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Chani Wiggins


TwinLogic Strategies

Chani W. Wiggins has leveraged 16 years of federal government experience to assist clients with various policy interests in Congress and within the Administration.Since September 2010, Chani has re...

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Denise Zheng

Deputy Dir, Sr Fellow Strategic Technologies Program

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Denise E. Zheng is a senior fellow and deputy director of the Strategic Technologies Program at CSIS, where her work is focused on technology, innovation, and cybersecurity and Internet policy. Pre...

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Sonny Sinha at SXSW

Sonny Sinha

Former Sr Congressional Advisor

Sinha Associates LLC

With more than a decade of combined experience as a leadership staffer on Capitol Hill in the U.S. House and the Senate, Sonny was called upon by the administration to serve as a senior level polit...

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Will Hurd


US House of Representatives

Will served as an undercover officer in the CIA in the Middle East and South Asia for nearly a decade, collecting intelligence that influenced the National Security agenda. Upon leaving the CIA, he...

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