Ask EFF: The Year in Digital Civil Liberties

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Description Get the latest information about how the law is racing to catch up with technological change from staffers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the leading digital civil liberties group fighting for freedom and privacy in the digital age.

This session will include updates on current EFF projects from online censorship to street level surveillance, and from our work in the United States to the Middle East and Latin America. Half the session will include questions-and-answers, so it's your chance to ask EFF questions about technology policy and activism issues that are important to you.

Speakers: Jillian York, Katitza Rodriguez, Nadia Kayyali, Mark Burdett and Noah Swartz (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Website(s) https://eff.org
Type Talk
Kids session No
Keyword(s) social, political
Tags digital civil liberties
Processing village La Quadrature du Camp
Person organizing
Language en - English
en - English
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Starts at 2015/08/14 22:00
Ends at 2015/08/14 23:30
Duration 90 minutes
Location La Quadrature du Camp

During the session participants will be encouraged to talk about street surveillance technologies and to take a look of what is going on regarding online surveillance in Latin America. These are some issues for conversation:

  • Street level surveillance like IMSI catchers, drones, automated license plate readers and more are proliferating around the globe. This session is a chance to talk to others who are concerned about these technologies in their communities, with these questions in mind:

- Why are you concerned? - How are these technologies unsafe/insecure? - What technologies are you seeing? - How are they being used where you live? - What are you doing about it? - Can we work together at a global level to address these local problems?

  • Online privacy and surveillance in Latin America: EFF and Coding Rights will join a conversation with participants to address key trends on privacy and online surveillance in Latin America.

Data Retention Mandates and access to user data: Latin American countries have been importing the EU data retention regime, compelling ISP and telcom companies in Latin America to store data of who communicate with whom and from where, while most of the time those countries either don't have a data protection regime or a clear regulation about how this data is being accessed by public authorities. Agreements with ISPs and public authorities, enabling non-transparent access to users data are also common. How can we collaborate with EU activists on stopping data retention mandates on both side of the Atlantic?

Illegal Use of state-sponsored malware: Hacking Team leaks have revealed that the Mexican government is the largest buyer of Hacking Team malware and that many of the government entities who acquire the malware do not have the legal authority to intercept communications. There has also been evidence of the use of malware to target opposition parties (Mexico, Ecuador).

Emergence of cybersecurity laws and policies: info-sharing, new crimes, encryption policy, anonymity.

Biometric National ID databases: Mandatory nationwide identification systems have been implemented in a number of countries including Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Peru. While these schemes vary by country, individuals are typically assigned an ID number, which is used for a broad range of identification purposes. Many countries are now “modernizing” their ID databases to include biometric identifiers that authenticate or verify identity based on physical characteristics such as fingerprints, iris, face and palm prints, gait, voice and DNA. The President of Argentina has gone too far as to want to embrace the potential to link unidentified faces obtained through surveillance cameras with identified images through the Argentinean biometric system. Due to the technology’s relative affordability, street cameras and video-surveillance are now everywhere.