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The Politics and Policymaking of Encryption

Date: Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Time: 18.00 - 19.15 (London, GMT)

Venue: Online

This event is sponsored by the Jones Day Foundation and co-hosted by Prospect and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

Event Details

End-to-end encryption of online messages is prized by tech giants, but governments want to regulate it because, they say, it hampers the fight against crime. Can a balance be struck between the freedom of individuals and businesses to share confidential information online and the legitimate public interest in the prevention and detection of crime and the protection of vulnerable children?

The public policy debate over the regulation of end-to-end encryption has been fought to a standstill on both sides. It's time for some fresh thinking.

Please join us for this livestreamed discussion as our distinguished panel examines whether the encryption of online messages can and should be regulated.


Harriet Territt, Partner, Jones Day


Gordon Corera, Security Correspondent, BBC


  • Ciaran Martin (first CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre, GCHQ; current Professor of Practice in the Management of Public Organisations, Blavatnik School of Government), who will reflect on the state of the debate on encryption and propose a way forward.
  • Gail Kent (Global Policy Director, Facebook Messenger), who will provide the perspective of a tech giant.
  • Sir Mark Rowley (former Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations, the Met), who will respond from a law enforcement perspective.

Pricing and Registration

This event is free to attend but pre-registration is required here.
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