Cross-Campus Teams at CU Boulder Launch Online Encryption Literature Database


July 1, 2020

Contact: Nate Mariotti, Operations Director,

Cross-Campus Teams at CU Boulder Launch Online Encryption Literature Database

Today marks the launch of the Encryption Compendium, a resource on reports, essays, and other work related to the field of encryption policy. The Encryption Compendium is available at

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. Today, the Encryption 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. Over 650 online resources are now searchable on the compendium via 194 categorical tags, and the site will continue to grow as new items are added. The Encryption Compendium is a living resource, and it will continue to develop over the coming months, adding new resources and tools to improve usability and utility.

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.

Special thanks to Colorado Law students Slate Herman, Jordan Regenie, and Stacey Weber, as well as TCP students Shannon Brunston, Will Shand, and Pranav Gummaraj Srinivas. This project was made possible, in part, by an unrestricted gift from Facebook.

Silicon Flatirons is a research center for technology and innovation at the University of Colorado Law School. The mission is to elevate the debate around technology law and policy, support and enable entrepreneurship in technology, and inspire, prepare, and place the next generation of experts. Through intellectually honest programming and community engagement, Silicon Flatirons reaches across sectors to create dialogue and inspire innovation.

TCP is CU’s Home for cybersecurity, wireless engineering, spectrum management, tech policy, and entrepreneurship. Through its highly-integrated and comprehensive graduate program, TCP is developing the future leaders who will combat the latest cyber threats, engineer and grow the infrastructure behind cloud computing and networks, influence policies from privacy to the expansion of broadband, and create the next generation of technological innovations through the installment of entrepreneurship in every student.

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