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Project Title:

Law Enforcement and Intelligence Access to Plaintext Information in an Era of Widespread Strong Encryption: Options and Tradeoffs
PIN: DEPS-CSTB-16-03        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Computer Science & Telecommuncations Board DEPS

RSO: Eisenberg, Jon

Subject/Focus Area: Computers and Information Technology; Math, Chemistry, and Physics

Project Scope
A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study will examine the tradeoffs associated with mechanisms to provide authorized government agencies with access to the plaintext version of encrypted information.  The study will describe the context in which decisions about such mechanisms would be made and identify and characterize possible mechanisms and alternative means of obtaining information sought by the government for law enforcement or intelligence investigations. It will seek to find ways to measure or otherwise characterize risks so that they could be weighed against the potential law enforcement or intelligence benefits.  The study will not seek to answer the question of whether access mechanisms should be required but rather will provide an authoritative analysis of options and tradeoffs.

The project is sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

Project Duration: 12 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 11/11/2016
 Meeting 2 - 01/30/2017
 Meeting 3 - 03/30/2017
 Meeting 4 - 04/26/2017


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Decrypting the Encryption Debate: A Framework for Decision Makers