Urs Gasser


Urs Gasser is the executive director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he co-leads the Ethics and Governance of AI initiative and serves as a professor of practice at Harvard Law School. His research and teaching focus on the interplay between law and technology. Gasser is a graduate of the University of St. Gallen and Harvard Law School. 

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Encryption Policy And Its International Impacts: A Framework For Understanding Extraterritorial Ripple Effects

by Ryan Budish, Herbert Burkert , Urs Gasser via Aegis Paper Series
Friday, March 2, 2018

This paper explores the potential international ripple effects that can occur following changes to domestic encryption policies.  Whether these changes take the form of a single coherent national policy or a collection of independent (or even conflicting) policies, the impacts can be unexpected and wide-ranging.  This paper offers a conceptual model for how the ripple effects from national encryption policies might propagate beyond national borders. And we provide a set of factors that can help policy-makers anticipate some of the most likely ripple effects of proposed encryption policies.