October 03, 2016

Decryption Mandates and Global Internet Freedom: Toward a Pragmatic Approach

By Adam Klein

What effect would a U.S. decryption mandate have for international human rights? Would Burr-Feinstein or something like it hurt dissidents and journalists living under authoritarian governments? It depends who you ask—but the answer you get will probably tell you more about that person’s view of the domestic decryption debate than about how other nations are likely to respond to U.S. encryption policy.

In the attached essay, I argue for a more pragmatic, realistic, and factually informed debate over the international consequences of U.S. encryption policy.  Below are a few key points on the matter.

To read the full essay, visit the Lawfare website.