Privacy by Design - a Dream for a Telecommunications Provider That Uses Strong Cryptography to Ensure Your Privacy

Presented at HOPE Number Nine (2012), July 15, 2012, 3 p.m. (60 minutes)

This is a talk about launching a nonprofit organization that has some unique and disruptive ideas which challenge some of the basic assumptions about how modern communications systems work and that have the potential to transform the telecommunications and ISP industries with regards to privacy and freedom of expression. The seemingly dueling concerns of cybersecurity and privacy can both be addressed to some degree by the promotion of ubiquitous and opportunistic encryption, which would allow for an important political consensus between parties interested in either of those two issues. This topic and content is relevant to the hacker community and to HOPE attendees because of the implications of dragnet surveillance that has become commonplace in recent years, fueled in part by advances in technology and due to a shift towards more and more communication happening in the digital domain.


  • Nick Merrill
    Nick Merrill is the founder of the Calyx Institute and the plaintiff in the landmark constitutional law case known as Doe v. Ashcroft (or Doe v. Mukasey, Doe v. Gonzales, or Doe v. Holder), which was the first original challenge to the National Security Letters portion of the USA PATRIOT Act.


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