If you’re heading to SXSW this year, be sure to check out Golden Frog’s event. The company is hosting a Take Back Your Internet Party. It will feature dinner and drinks, a panel discussion and a casual mingling session afterwards.
It’s completely free, but it’s likely to fill up quickly. You have to RSVP.
If you’re serious about going, we highly recommend that you RSVP right now. RSVP’ing doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get in. You’ll need to either print out your ticket or make it available on your phone when asked.
The event will center on government efforts to have a “backdoor” installed in encryption technology, and the implications for privacy.
The speakers include:
- Congressman Will Hurd, 23rd District of Texas
- Alan Fairless, Co-Founder & CEO of SpiderOak
- Philip Molter, Co-CTO of Golden Frog
- Nuala O’Connor, President & CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology
- Daniel Schuman, Policy Director of Demand Progress
The event will be moderated by Jim Cardle, the Publisher and CEO of TexasInsider.org.
It promises to be a good debate. For those who have an interest in their right to privacy—and that likely includes most everyone—it should be enlightening. It’s an all-ages event, appropriate for those who already know quite a lot about encryption as well as for those who may have only recently discovered that it even existed.
If you’re not familiar with the topic of the debate, it’s far less complicated than the technology it involves.
Law enforcement has been pushing for backdoors into people’s encrypted communications. Those who work in computer security, at least the vast majority of them, balk at the idea, noting that such backdoors would enable anyone—pirates, cybercriminals—to compromise private information for whatever purposes they choose.
The debate isn’t set to be a shouting match. According to the event description, the arguments will be examined, right down to whether or not people even have a right to privacy, so it promises to be fascinating and broad and to go far beyond technological questions.
Golden Frog offers the VyprVPN service and has consistently stood up for people’s right to keep their data private. Their service is also top notch and for those reasons, and others, they’ve long been one of our preferred providers. You can check out our review of their service here.