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Take Back Your Internet Party - SXSW 2016

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Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que Austin 217 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701

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You're invited to Golden Frog's 4th Annual "Take Back Your Internet" Panel Discussion and Networking Party. This year, our panel titled "Do You Have the Right to Privacy? The Backdoor Encryption Debate" will examine the encryption debate that's been taking place around the world and the arguments being made for and against backdoor encryption. We'll examine who has the right to privacy and how we can balance the need for security while also safeguarding privacy.

WHAT: Take Back Your Internet Party - 2016
WHEN: Saturday, March 12 from 6-10pm
WHERE: Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ, 217 Congress Ave

  • 6-7pm Dinner & Drinks

  • 7-8:30pm Panel

  • 8:30-10pm Mingling

COST: No cost to you – just RSVP!

Note: This is not an official SXSW event, and no badge is required to attend.


Do You Have the Right to Privacy? The Backdoor Encryption Debate

An encryption battle has been going on around the world, as governments and justice department officials push for backdoors into consumers' encrypted communications. These officials believe that end-to-end encryption technology, and specifically the technology built into mobile devices, hinders their law enforcement efforts.

On the other side of this debate are tech companies and consumers, who are strongly opposed to creating backdoors into encrypted communications. They argue that backdoors present a significant threat to security for all Internet users, and are a violation of the right to privacy. They also argue that backdoors present a barrier to technological innovation and threaten the technology community at large.

Our panel will examine arguments being made both for and against encryption backdoors, in attempt to answer the question “do you have a right to privacy?” By examining the encryption debate from a variety of angles, our panelists will explore how encryption fits into law-making and policy, the importance of protecting consumer privacy, and technological implications of backdoors. Our panel will provide insight into the encryption debate, and explore ways in which we can both meet the needs of government and safeguard privacy and innovation.


Congressman Michael McCaul, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee *Invited

Congressman Will Hurd, 23rd District of Texas

Alan Fairless, Co-Founder & CEO of SpiderOak

Philip Molter, Co-CTO of Golden Frog

Nuala O’Connor, President & CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology

Daniel Schuman, Policy Director of Demand Progress


Jim Cardle, Publisher & CEO of


RSVP DOES NOT GUARANTEE ENTRY. Please print and bring your ticket(s) to the event or have it ready to show us on your phone.

Once the venue is at capacity, we will not allow additional people inside even if you have RSVP'd.

This event is for all ages.