Autocrypt: End-to-End Encrypted Email for Everyone

Presented at The Circle Of HOPE (2018), July 22, 2018, 10 a.m. (60 minutes)

Autocrypt is a user-centered, developer-driven effort to make a set of standards that support convenient, usable, easily-adoptable end-to-end encrypted email. With multiple email programs participating, they aim to make interoperable tools that actual humans can easily use. Compared with existing email encryption schemes, Autocrypt involves a number of minor heresies, all aimed at simplicity of user experience and avoiding surprising failure modes. This talk will explain the differences between Autocrypt and other schemes, highlight the state-of-the-art (including some demonstrations), and talk about what comes next and how to get involved as a user, a trainer, or a developer.


  • Daniel Kahn Gillmor / dkg as Daniel Kahn Gillmor (dkg)
    **Daniel Kahn Gillmor** (dkg) is a contributor to free software projects including Debian, notmuch, GnuPG, and Enigmail, and a technologist for the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. He is also a participant in the IETF, where he focuses on security, privacy, and other protocol features that impact civil rights and liberties.


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