Privacy experts, civil society organizations and tech companies are launching Global Encryption Day and using Edward Snowden, the world’s most famous whistleblower, as a spokesperson.
Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who revealed the extent of NSA surveillance even on regular citizens, is now a board member of the Freedom of the Press Foundation and hosted the opening ceremony today at 6am PT / 9am ET / 2pm BST / 3pm CET.
“If you weaken encryption, people will die. This year alone, after the fall of the government of Afghanistan, we saw how crucial encryption is in keeping ordinary people safe. The Covid pandemic brought home how essential encrypted messaging apps on our smartphones are for communicating with loved ones if we’re ill and need help… It would have been impossible for me to whistleblow without encryption,” he said in a statement.
His sentiment was echoed by Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, who said that “protecting strong encryption is essential for protecting the human rights of millions of people around the world” and that “Weakening encryption puts us all at risk.”
With hackers taking advantage of everyone’s increased online presence and governments grabbing every chance to spy on citizens worldwide, it’s hard to understand the importance of having encrypted communication.
You can watch the event below and see what the top security experts recommend.
You can watch the event below.