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Cyber Insecurity: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Encryption But Were Afraid to Ask

Cyber Insecurity: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Encryption But Were Afraid to Ask

Orozco Room, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
General Public 

This seminar will examine what encryption is -- which platforms and practices work best in different contexts and what dangers still exist for digital users.

With the safety of journalists and activists becoming less certain, and international cyber-attacks on the rise, the priority of digital security is increasing. Yet, encryption is poorly understood by most people, despite its ever-more central role in our lives.

The Digital Humanities Initiative and Global Studies Department are teaming up to present a seminar on understanding what encryption is and how encryption can help citizens, activists, and scholars protect their work, their communications, and their identities when digital privacy is not a given.

Questions to be addressed:

  • How secure is "secure"?
  • What's the point of encrypting?
  • Who can encrypt?
  • Are third-parties to be trusted?


Featured speakers:

Rosario Gennaro, Director of the Center for Algorithms and Interactive Scientific Software at City College of New York

Trebor Scholz, Associate Professor of Culture & Media at Lang College, who introduced the concept of platform cooperativism


Moderated by:

Claire Potter, Director of Digital Humanities and Initiative

Jonathan Bach, Chair of Global Studies Program


This event is sponsored by The New School's Global Studies and Digital Humanities Initiative 

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