June 22, 2016 - 6:30pm PDT
Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Encryption is a fundamental building block of modern computer technology, from the encryption your web browser uses to make sure your purchases are secure, to the encryption your insurance company uses when they store your health records, to the encryption your smartphone uses to ensure that a stolen phone doesn't also mean a stolen identity. Most of the time this encryption happens in the background, and nobody pays it a second thought. But encryption jumped into the headlines this year when the FBI demanded that Apple help decrypt an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters.

In this talk, Dr. Jeremy Gillula from the Electronic Frontier Foundation will explain everything you ever wanted to know about encryption, from how it works to why the FBI wants to make it weaker--and why most computer security experts (including many former FBI and NSA officials) disagree. You'll learn all about the history leading up to the Apple case, what the ramifications of the case are, and what the current battleground looks like in the fight between some parts of law enforcement and the digital security community.