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Encryption is vital to protecting our privacy, data security, economy, and national security. Our smartphones, website visits, and many of our interpersonal communications are now protected by encryption by default, ensuring that would-be bad actors cannot snoop on us. At the same time, criminals take advantage of encryption to hide their activities. That has prompted law enforcement officials to demand that the providers of encrypted devices and services build in a means of access to data for investigators. Lately, encryption has been in the news again, thanks to the Pensacola naval base shooting, Facebook's plans to upgrade the security of its messaging services, and a renewed push by top Department of Justice officials and members of the U.S. Senate to pass legislation that could restrict the availability of strong encryption. And the U.S. isn't alone: other countries have been seeking to regulate encryption in recent years as well. Come join Riana Pfefferkorn, Associate Director of Surveillance and Cybersecurity at CIS, for a talk on the current state of affairs and possible future directions in the long-running encryption debate.