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Agenda & Reading list for #NAMA Bootcamp on Encryption

We’re getting ready for our #NAMA Bootcamp on encryption in Delhi, on the 4th of October 2019. Details of the venue and discussion are below, including an overview of the topics covered by the speakers. We have also put together a reading list to help you understand the context in which this discussion is being held.

P.s.: We have a few spots still open. Please feel free to apply to attend here.


  • Date: 4th October 2019
  • Time: Sessions start at 2:00 PM (Lunch and check-in at 1:00 PM).
  • Venue: India Habitat Centre (Gulmohar Hall)


01:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Check-in & Lunch

02:00 PM – 03:30 PM: How Encryption Works by Anand Venkatanarayanan, Cyber Security Expert

  • The origins of Encryption.
  • Encryption and Politics (Stage 1)
  • Key encryption concepts
    • Hashes
    • Symmetric encryption
    • Asymmetric encryption
    • Key exchanges
    • Diffie Hellman Key exchange
  • Usage of encryption
  • Understanding the Signal Protocol and its implications
  • Encryption and Politics (Stage 2)

03:30 PM – 05:00 PM: Understanding Encryption Policies by Gunjan Chawla, Programme Manager (Technology and National Security) at CCG-NLU Delhi

  • Who uses Encryption? For what purpose? [Stakeholders mapping]
  • Illustrating the Privacy v. Law Enforcement tensions
  • Applicable laws for encryption in India
  • India’s early encounters with encryption
  • Legal frameworks (Laws and policies) for encryption that are still in development
  • Mapping the way forward for encryption
  • Developments to watch

People confirmed are from organisations including (but not limited to) Wipro, Jindal Global Law School, Amazon, Bloomberg-Quint, Carnegie India, Change Alliance, Cisco Systems, Delhi University, Economic Laws Practice, Business Standard, Deloitte, APCO Worldwide, Forrester, IIMC, The Quint, Ikigai Law, Info Edge (India), ISPP, Asia Times, Koan Advisory, Mobikwik, Nishith Desai Associates, BSA, FICCI, Panag & Babu Law Offices, CellStrat, Maadhyam, PRS Legislative Research, NASSCOM, 9.9 Insights, PSA Legal, Saikrishna & Associates, Sapient Corporation, SFLC.in, Chase India, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Facebook, The Dialogue, The Quantum Hub, Times Internet, Mozilla, TMT Law Practice, Vodafone Idea, NIPFP.

Reading List

The WhatsApp traceability case that is currently at the heart of the encryption debate in India. To understand why we’re even discussing encryption and encryption policy, read our exhaustive coverage of it.

Understanding Encryption

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  • Encryption explained: how apps and sites keep your private data safe (and why that’s important) [read]
  • Why encryption matters (BSA) [read]
  • An overview of WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption [read]
  • A Formal Security Analysis of the Signal Messaging Protocol [read]

The Policy Debate around Encryption

  • India’s draft encryption policy puts user privacy in danger [read]
  • Encryption Policy 2.0: Securing India’s Digital Economy [read]
  • The Legal Position of Encryption in India [read] [read]
  • The Encryption Debate in India [read]
  • Dr Kamakoti’s solution for WhatsApp traceability without breaking encryption is erroneous and not feasible [read]

This bootcamp is supported by Omidyar Network and in partnership with CCG at NLU Delhi

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