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Christopher Soghoian

Dubbed the "Ralph Nader of the Internet" by Wired and one of Politico's top "thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics," Christopher Soghoian is "the most prominent of a new breed of activist technology researchers" (The Economist), "who have risen to prominence by showing how tedious technical flaws can affect ordinary people."

Soghoian is the Principal Technologist with the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project and a TED Senior Fellow.

Soghoian completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2012, which focused on the role that Internet and telephone companies play in enabling government surveillance of their customers. 

Twitter: @csoghoian

Presentation Title
The Next Crypto Wars

Starting in the 1990s, law enforcement officials warned that widely available encryption technology would make it easy for terrorists, drug dealers and pedophiles to hide their activities. Although the email encryption technology these officials warned about was never widely adopted, they were right that eventually encryption would be widely used. It just took a lot longer than they predicted. Finally, technology companies such as Apple and WhatsApp have delivered usable encryption to billions of their customers. Governments are not happy about it.

How did we get here, why did it take so long for encryption tools to be widely used, and what are governments going to do about it?


Conference Highlights

New Venue
Don't miss the best cyber security conference in Australia at the Surfers Paradise Marriott, only 150 m from Surfers Paradise beach

Conference MC
Comedian and Mathematician Adam Spencer will host the conference, Gala Dinner and Speed Debate

Career Café
Retreat to the back of the exhibition away from the noise for a real coffee at the AusCERT2016 Career Café and chat with specialist Infosec recruiters