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This blog post is based off of a talk I gave on May 12, 2021 at the Stanford Computer Science Department’s weekly lunch talk series on computer security topics. Full disclosure: I’ve done some consulting work for Signal, albeit not on anything like this issue. (I kinda doubt they’ll hire me again if they read this, though.) Read more about I Have a Lot to Say About Signal’s Cellebrite Hack
For a year now, I've been talking about why Australia's anti-encryption Assistance and Access Act is a bad idea. Australia's Parliament passed that bill into law anyway last December. Read more about Comments on the Assistance & Access Act to the Australian Independent National Security Legislation Monitor
You may recall that in February, a federal district court in Fresno denied a petition I filed with the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Northern California, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to attempt to shed light on the Department of Justice's attempt to force Facebook to break the encryption on its Messenger app for encrypted voice calls so that Facebook could carry out a wiretap order the DOJ had obtained. Read more about Bringing the Fight for Court Transparency to the Ninth Circuit
Today I'm submitting my latest entry in a series of comments to Australia's Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to remind them what a terrible idea the Assistance and Access Act is. Read more about Raids on Journalists by Australian Police Underscore Need for Assistance and Access Act Repeal