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Encryption has been a topic of heated debate in the United States and worldwide during the last six years. The COVID-19 epidemic added a new twist to the debate: with millions of people now working, playing, and studying remotely from home, strong encryption is more important than ever to protect the privacy and security of our data and communications. And yet, the U.S. government is currently closer than it's come in years to effectively banning strong encryption.
Is your voice your own? Maybe not anymore. Using artificial intelligence, someone can make an algorithm that sounds just like you. And then they can say... whatever they want you to say. We're entering a brand new era: One where you can no longer trust your ears. Welcome to the world of audio deepfakes. Featuring deepfake wizard Tim McSmythurs, cybersecurity expert Riana Pfefferkorn and a brand-new host: Deepfake Dallas.
It seems like everyone's talking about Section 230 these days, and keen to change it, even without really knowing what it says and does. Or how badly most of the proposals to change it, such as the EARN IT Act bill, threaten all sorts of things we value, including encryption, privacy, security, and free speech online. Come to this crash course in Section 230 basics, followed by a fireside chat about EARN IT between two seasoned lawyers, to learn the truth about this crucial law, why these proposals are so terrible, and how you can take action to protect the Internet. Read more about DEF CON Safe Mode Crypto and Privacy Village - Cathy Gellis, Riana Pfefferkorn - Fireside Chat
Riana Pfefferkorn, the Associate Director of Surveillance and Cybersecurity at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, who has investigated and analyzed the ongoing encryption debate between law enforcement and the U.S. government for years, said these bills are a "full frontal nuclear assault on encryption in the United States." Read more about Encryption Under ‘Full-Frontal Nuclear Assault’ By U.S. Bills