National Academy of Sciences

For A Study On Encryption

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    23 Months
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A grant to the National Academies of Sciences will examine the tradeoffs associated with mechanisms to provide government access to the plain text version of encrypted information. Despite a robust public debate between government, indsutry, and civil society about this topic, the comparative risks and benefits of different positions in this debate have not been rigorously examined. Nor have technical and non-technical arguments always been clearly distinguished. The study proposed here would objectively consider risks and benefits, and describe a set of alternatives and associated tradeoffs to inform the policy debate and future decision making.
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