Special Event: Joint Report Launch with Washington DC’s Progressive Policy Institute.

The McKell Institute welcomed the Progressive Policy Institute to Australia for the launch of a new report, Backdoors and Balance Sheets: The Consequences of Weakening Encryption on the Future of Work. 

As governments around the world have sought to regulate tech, security agencies have sought new ways to identify ‘backdoors’ into encrypted communications. But to what extent does this stifle innovation, harm Western economies, and serve as a template for autocratic regimes to do the same?

We heard from Colin Mortimer and Joel Gladwin, researchers out of the Progressive Policy Institute, a highly influential centre-left think tank out of Washington, DC, delving into encryption and innovation as it relates to the future of work.

Read the full report here.

About the Progressive Policy Institute

The Progressive Policy Institute is a catalyst for policy innovation and political reform based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to create radically pragmatic ideas for moving America beyond ideological and partisan deadlock.

Founded in 1989, PPI started as the intellectual home of the New Democrats and earned a reputation as President Bill Clinton’s “idea mill.” Many of its mould-breaking ideas have been translated into public policy and law and have influenced international efforts to modernise progressive politics.

Today, PPI is developing fresh proposals for stimulating U.S. economic innovation and growth; equipping all Americans with the skills and assets that social mobility in the knowledge economy requires; modernising an overly bureaucratic and centralised public sector; and, defending liberal democracy in a dangerous world.

To connect ideas and political action, PPI relies on an extensive network of partners. The Institute has close ties to New Democrats in Congress, as well as leading governors and a host of dynamic mayors and metro leaders. It works with groups of rising progressive political leaders and millennial professionals, as well as policymakers, analysts and think tanks in Europe, Asia and Latin America.


19 March 2024


Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane