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Popular outrage at terrorist and other criminal actions around the world regularly galvanizes governments into finding an insurmountable mechanism to circumvent encryption technologies used by wrongdoers.


  • There have been regular government efforts to manage encryption over the decades, all of which have failed.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses recent government efforts to manage encryption.
  • Examines the challenges and consequences of these efforts.

Key questions answered

  • Why is the UK government once again pursuing the ability to break end-to-end encryption?
  • What are the unintended consequences of compromising encryption?

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  • Summary
  • The UK government joins the line targeting encryption
  • We've been here before – several times
  • Beware of unintended consequences
  • The internet is global – and government regulations need to recognize that


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