Andrew Keane Woods

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Andrew Keane Woods is an assistant professor of law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. He writes about law and technology, and his scholarship has been cited in the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Bloomberg, and NPR. 

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Encryption Substitutes

by Andrew Keane Woodsvia Lawfare
Friday, July 21, 2017

In a recently published piece for the Hoover Institution's Aegis Paper Series, I argue that the “going dark” debate ought to be considered in the context of the larger debate over government access to data. Encryption is not the only game in town: just as law enforcement can pursue a number of different alternatives to mandating encryption backdoors, so too can privacy advocates take steps beyond encrypting their data to ensure their privacy.

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Encryption Substitutes

by Andrew Keane Woodsvia Aegis Paper Series
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

This paper argues that the “going dark” debate ought to be considered in context of the larger debate over government access to data. Encryption is not the only game in town: just as law enforcement can pursue a number of different alternatives to mandating encryption backdoors, so too can privacy advocates take steps beyond encrypting their data to ensure their privacy.  Acknowledging these substitutes—both for law enforcement and for privacy seekers—generates a number of insights. For example, comprehensive reform may make more sense than serial reforms, since it would allow for issue linkage and deal-making.