As our lives become more digitized, online privacy concerns have entered mainstream. Once the preserve of businesses and cybersecurity geeks, usage of privacy-preserving software like VPN services and secure messaging apps is now the norm among citizens around the world.
The Global Encryption Coalition (GEC)
With over 300 global members, the GEC promotes and defends encryption while supporting efforts by companies to offer encrypted services to their users. Its Steering Committee includes the Internet Society, Mozilla, the Internet Freedom Foundation, Global Partners Digital, and the Centre for Democracy and Technology.
There’s just one problem: the main system responsible for preserving people’s anonymity, encryption, is under attack as worldwide governments increasingly see it as an obstacle. The UK Online Safety Bill (now law) is just one of the many regulations attempting to break encryption on security grounds.
The stakes are certainly high for the future of privacy and security.
That’s why the Global Encryption Coalition (GEC) decided to host Power to the People: The Encryption Summit. The online event includes a total of five panels, aiming “to celebrate the many ways in which encryption makes us powerful, investigate the regulatory challenges facing encryption, and unite our community.”
I’ll be reporting the expert insights as the event unfolds, so scroll down our live blog coverage below to keep up.