abstract: Cryptographic tools have become more powerful in the last three decades. With that power has come complexity. To use or even understand most security tools you need a thorough understanding of mathematics which makes them inaccessible to the general public. The discipline of usability has been growing as well in the past three decades. There have been few but promising overlaps in usability and security which may provide vital tools for managing our digital selves, upholding the principal of privacy, and preserving freedom of speech.

bio: Morgan Miller studied elliptic curve encryption at Reed college and bilinear pairing based digital signatures at the university of Lugano. Since finishing her masters in 2010, she has worked as a usability analyst at Experience Lab. She maintains a deep and foundational interest in civil liberties and the changing landscape of our increasingly wired world.

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