2016 Schedule

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

Cryptowars 2.0: Silicon Valley vs Washington

Monday, March 14
12:30PM - 1:30PM

JW Marriott
Salon 5
110 E 2nd St


To fight malicious hackers and eavesdropping governments, companies such as Apple and Google moved to deploy strong security protections. But US officials say this default encryption in consumer devices prevents them from catching criminals and battling terrorist groups such as the Islamic State – and want companies to weaken their encryption to give them easier access. Should they?

Join the discussion with key figures in the debate raging between national law enforcement and the tech sector. The outcome will have a profound impact on the future of the Internet. What’s the right balance between protecting people's personal privacy and the country’s security?

Hashtags: #sxsw #cryptowars


Amit Yoran



As President, Amit Yoran is responsible for leading computer and network security company RSA, transforming the vision, strategy, and execution across the business. Mr. Yoran founded and served as ...

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Matt Blaze

Assoc Professor of Computer & Information Science

University of Pennsylvania

Matt is one of the world's leading cryptographers. His research focuses on security technology and he is especially interested in cryptography policy, wiretapping and surveillance.

He was also ...

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Sara Sorcher at SXSW

Sara Sorcher

Deputy Editor/Passcode

The Christian Science Monitor

Sara Sorcher is the deputy editor of Passcode, a section from The Christian Science Monitor that covers security and privacy in the Digital Age. Based in Washington, D.C., Sorcher covers Internet p...

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Stewart Baker at SXSW

Stewart Baker

Partner, Steptoe & Johnson

former General Counsel of the National Security Agency

Stewart Baker is a partner in the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C. From 2005 to 2009, he was the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. His ...

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