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There will be a one day conference on the 19th of May 1997 at the London School of Economics about the recent UK Department of Trade and Industry proposals on ‘Licensing of Trusted Third Parties for the Provision of Encryption Services’ in Britain. The Conference will be organised by Privacy International and the Global Internet Liberty Campaign. The DTI will be present to introduce their paper. Famous cryptographers such as Dr. Whitfield Diffie, Sun Microsystems, and Phil Zimmermann, PGP Inc. together with many civil liberties activists will argue against the DTI proposals on encryption.

Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) is a member of the Global Internet Liberty Campaign which opposes the DTI initiatives and will be present at the Conference. The Conference details are below and for further information about the UK encryption proposals see http://www.cyber-rights.org/crypto/ukpolicy.htm.

Mr Yaman Akdeniz
Fax: 44 - (0)113 -2335056
Centre For Criminal Justice Studies,
University of Leeds,
Leeds LS2 9JT, UK


Privacy, security and commercial implications of the DTI's proposed encryption policy

May 19, 1997 Computer Security Research Centre The London School of Economics

Organised by:

Privacy International and Global Internet Liberty Campaign

Chairman: Prof. Ian Angell, London School of Economics

On May 19, the Computer Security Research Centre of the London School of Economics will host a one day meeting on the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry's policy paper "Licensing of Trusted Third Parties for the Provision of Encryption Services," The event is being jointly organised by Privacy International and the Global Internet Liberty Campaign.

The LSE meeting - the only public meeting during the consultation phase - will comprehensively assess all aspects of the governments proposal. Security specialists, academics cryptographers, legal experts, cyber-rights groups, ISP's and other commercial organisations will participate. The DTI and representatives from other agencies will be in attendance for the entire day.

There will be no cost for members of the public to attend. An interactive audiocast on the Internet will also be available.


Introduction to Cryptography

Welcome and opening remarks - Dr James Backhouse

Keynote - Geoffrey Robertson QC (invited)

The DTI proposals - presented by the DTI


* Legal and Commercial - Peter Sommer (LSE) and Alistair Kelman (LSE)

* Architectural and Technical - Dr. Whitfield Diffie, Sun Microsystems - Phil Zimmermann, PGP Inc. - Dr Ross Anderson, University of Cambridge - Dr. Carl Ellison, Cybercash

* Civil Rights and Privacy - Simon Davies, Privacy International

* International - OECD (invited)

Section by Section analysis of the DTI Proposals

Wrapup (Around 3:30)


More information on the conference and the DTI initiative is available from http://www.privacy.org/pi/conference/dti/


To register for the conference, email Simon Davies at davies@privacy.org


Privacy International was formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance by governments and corporations. With members in more than 40 countries, it has created an international movement that has helped to counter abuses of privacy by way of information technology. Privacy International has conducted campaigns in Europe, Asia and North America to raise awareness about the dangers of ID card systems, military surveillance, data matching, police information systems, and credit reporting. It is based in London, UK, and is administered by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, D.C. Privacy International publishes a quarterly newsletter (the International Privacy Bulletin) and organizes conferences each year on privacy and technology. More information is available at http://www.privacy.org/


The Global Internet Liberty Campaign is an international coalition of 28 human rights, free speech, cyber-liberties and privacy groups that has come together to promote free speech and privacy on the Internet. More information is available at http://www.gilc.org/

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