CU Boulder Launches Online Encryption Literature Database
Wednesday, July 01, 2020 | Comments

Cross-campus teams at the University of Colorado Boulder launched the Encryption Compendium, a resource on reports, essays and other work related to the field of encryption policy.

Encryption provides security and ensures user privacy on the internet. However, encryption can also complicate law enforcement's job, adding complexity to criminal investigations or other law enforcement activities. Debates around encryption policy have been ongoing dating back to at least the 1970s, and frequently the same arguments are used at different phases of these debates, often without resolution.

The Encryption Compendium aspires to provide a single point of entry for research on the stakeholders and arguments involved in these conversations, as well as a demonstration of the long history of the debates. The compendium already provides a detailed collection of research relating to the main themes of the encryption policy debate in the United States, spanning from 1970 to today. More than 650 online resources are now searchable via 194 categorical tags, and the site will continue to grow as new items are added.

The Encryption Compendium is a project of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Law School, along with the Technology, Cybersecurity and Policy Program (TCP) at the CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science. Student research and web development teams were led by Silicon Flatirons Executive Director Amie Stepanovich with support from the TCP program.

The project was made possible, in part, by an unrestricted gift from Facebook. The Encryption Compendium is available here.

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