The secret world of encryption – Securing messages

Bellville, South Africa, 20 October 2023, 07:00 to 12:00 UTC

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Encryption is pivotal for the protection of journalists, activists, and dissidents who operate in environments where their communications may be monitored or intercepted. By enabling secure and confidential communication channels, encryption becomes an indispensable tool in upholding the freedom of expression and preserving the integrity of democratic processes. Without robust encryption, individuals and groups advocating for social, political, or human rights causes would be significantly vulnerable to unwarranted scrutiny and reprisals, undermining the very fabric of civil society.

Furthermore, encryption serves as a linchpin for the security of financial transactions, trade secrets, and sensitive corporate information. In an interconnected global economy, where the seamless exchange of data fuels innovation and growth, the protection of intellectual property and proprietary data is paramount. Encryption not only safeguards the competitive edge of businesses but also fosters an environment conducive to trust and collaboration, facilitating the unhindered flow of information across borders and sectors.

In light of these multifaceted considerations, the recognition of encryption as a fundamental human right assumes an imperative significance. Governments, policymakers, and stakeholders must collaborate to foster an environment that promotes the adoption and proliferation of secure encryption practices while safeguarding against potential misuse. By upholding the right to encryption, societies can aspire to foster a digital landscape characterized by trust, transparency, and respect for the sanctity of individual privacy and expression. Global Encryption Day serves as a rallying cry for the protection and promotion of this indispensable human right, paving the way for a more secure and resilient digital future.