Riana Pfefferkorn is the Cryptography Fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Her work, made possible through funding from the Stanford Cyber Initiative, focuses on investigating and analyzing the U.S. government's policy and practices for forcing decryption and/or influencing crypto-related design of online platforms and services, devices, and products, both via technical means and through the courts and legislatures. Riana also researches the benefits and detriments of strong encryption on free expression, political engagement, economic development, and other public interests.
Prior to joining Stanford, Riana was an associate in the Internet Strategy & Litigation group at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she worked on litigation and counseling matters involving online privacy, Internet intermediary liability, consumer protection, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets and was actively involved in the firm's pro bono program. Before that, Riana clerked for the Honorable Bruce J. McGiverin of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. She also interned during law school for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Riana earned her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Whitman College.
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Yesterday, the Center for Internet and Society filed a new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to uncover the U.S. government’s legal strategies for defeating encryption in law enforcement investigations.
Right now, all eyes are on Riverside, California, where a federal magistrate judge issued an unprecedented and dangerous order to Apple on February 16 compelling the company to create and cryptographically sign a special, crippled version of its iOS software that disables certain iPhone security features.
The Berklett Cybersecurity Project of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University has just released a new report on the so-called “going dark problem” that is fueling law enforcement demands for access to encrypted information. The report, “Don’t Panic: Making Progress on the ‘Going Dark’ Debate,” concludes that new consumer technologies will increasingly provide a wealth of data to governments about individual movements and activities.
In October, we covered a significant case in Brooklyn federal court that tackles the hot-button issue of whether tech companies should be compelled to provide law enforcement with the ability to access information that’s protected by encryption.
In the name of saving cybersecurity, a new bill before Congress would kill cybersecurity. On April 13, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released an official draft of their long-awaited anti-encryption bill. The sponsors of the “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016” (CCOA) call it an innocuous law-and-order measure to ensure that American companies comply with court orders. In truth, it is a technologically tone-deaf and downright dangerous piece of legislation.
FBI Director James Comey recently told the Senate Judiciary Committee that encryption routinely poses a problem for law enforcement. He stated that encryption has “moved from being available [only] to the sophisticated bad guy to being the default. So it’s now affecting every criminal investigation that folks engage in.”
Here’s the latest in the encryption case we’ve been writing about in which the Justice Department is asking Magistrate Judge James Orenstein to order Apple to unlock a criminal defendant’s passcode-protected iPhone. The government seized and has authority to search the phone pursuant to a search warrant.
3 perguntas para Riana Pfefferkorn, pesquisadora na área de criptografia no Center for Internet and Society da Stanford Law School (EUA).
“O debate sobre a criptografia versus aplicação da lei é um debate ‘segurança versus segurança’, não um debate ‘privacidade versus segurança’”
Sobre fontes alternativas de investigação
"Riana Pfefferkorn, the cryptography fellow at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, told BuzzFeed News that it’s become standard for both parties to talk about a balance between privacy and law enforcement needs, without taking a real position on encryption.
“The most troublesome part of this is where it seems to characterize encryption as being, in and of itself, a weapon that can be used ‘to harm us,’” she said. “Given the crucial role of strong encryption in the modern economy, calling encryption a ‘weapon’ is a framing we can’t afford to return to.”"
"“That’s kind of a do-nothing idea for me,” said Riana Pfefferkorn, a cryptography fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. “It seems like you’re just kicking the can down the road with a commission.”
Pfefferkorn said Congress needs to settle the debate once and for all with a national policy in support of strong encryption that declares the technology to be good for national security, the economy and civil liberties."
"Riana Pfefferkorn, a cryptography fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, noted that the FBI signed similar agreements with a third party to use so-called “Stingray” technology, which, in effect, impersonates a cellphone tower to pick up phone calls.
Today, the debate over encryption is making headlines in nations around the world. Together, we’re working toward solutions at Crypto Summit 2.0.
The first Crypto Summit, held in July 2015 in Washington, D.C., brought together technologists, lawyers, and policy professionals from different sectors. Since then leading experts have considered proposals that would legislate the future of encryption — and the future of privacy and security online.
What's all this hullaballo about encryption? What's the latest in the FBI's ongoing dispute with Apple over encrypted iPhones? What's at stake? What could happen next? Find out all this and more at April's
Our Speaker will be Riana Pfefferkorn:
BIPLA Presents Riana Pfefferkorn: "Apple vs. the FBI: Where Does It Come From? What Is It? Where Is It Going?"
Monday March 7th
12:45pm-1:45pm - 170 Boalt Hall
Lunch will be served
Over the course of two days in February 2016, the Strauss Center at the University of Texas-Austin will host a unique and timely conference focused on the legal and policy dimensions of cybersecurity.