2016 Schedule

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

The New Battle Over Encryption and How to Survive It

Tuesday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM

JW Marriott
Salon 3-4
110 E 2nd St


Strong encryption is taking over the tech landscape. Apple and Google are encrypting our smartphones, WhatsApp and iMessage have brought us easy-to-use end-to-end security, and more sites every day are encrypting our web connections. But this post-Snowden spread of encryption is facing a backlash, with some in government calling it a threat to law and order and pressing companies to build backdoors for surveillance. Come hear a top developer of secure apps, a major Internet company's policy expert, a national tech business reporter and a longtime privacy advocate talk about what this new "Crypto War" means for the future of innovation, cybersecurity, the tech economy, and your business.

Hashtags: #sxsw #cryptowars


Heather West at SXSW

Heather West

Public Policy


Heather works on security, cybersecurity, data governance, and privacy in the digital age at Mozilla, maker of the Firefox browser. At the intersection of public policy and technology, she is part ...

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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries at SXSW

Jennifer Valentino-DeVries


The Wall Street Journal

Jennifer Valentino-DeVries is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she works on the data and investigations team. From 2010 to 2013, she was a key member of the team behind “What They Know,...

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Kevin Bankston at SXSW

Kevin Bankston

Dir of Open Tech Institute

New America

Kevin Bankston is the Policy Director of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, where he works in the public interest to promote a stronger and more open Internet for a stronger an...

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Moxie Marlinspike at SXSW

Moxie Marlinspike


Open Whisper Systems

Moxie Marlinspike is the founder of Open Whisper Systems.


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