Human Rights and Surveillance

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Description In the talk we want to shed light on the current global situation and focus on how we can stand together with human rights defenders affected by hacking. How is digital persecution working? Who is involved? What can Amnesty, other NGOs and every person do about it, together and individually?
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Type Talk
Kids session No
Keyword(s) political
Tags human rights, surveillance, hacking, activism, digital rights, digital persecution
Processing assembly Assembly:Free Software Foundation Europe
Person organizing
Language en - English
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Starts at 2018/12/28 14:00
Ends at 2018/12/28 15:00
Duration 60 minutes
Location Room:Lecture room M2

Those who raise their voice against human rights violations, like journalists, opposition members and human rights defenders are, on a global scale, increasingly subject to hacking by states. This kind of surveillance not only generates a chilling effect on people’s willingness to speak out against injustice and oppression. It is often followed by detention, torture and execution. Peers, whistleblowers and family members of activists are also put in danger by compromised devices. The number of states implementing a hacking strategy is rapidly increasing.

Amnesty International has carried out a detailed inquiry into the surveillance of Pakistani activist Diep Saeeda (see report "PAKISTAN: HUMAN RIGHTS UNDER SURVEILLANCE"). Multiple other reports by NGOs as well as the leaks about Hacking Team and FinFisher add to a global picture of the dangers of digital persecution. Ahmet Mansoor, aka Million Dollar Citizen, whose iPhone was discovered to have been hacked using three zero-day-exploits by CitizenLab, today suffers detention because of his criticism of the United Arab Emirates. In Belarus, Andrei Sannikau has been intimidated during interrogations by hinting at knowledge about friends, peers and loved ones obtained by hacking operations.

In the talk we want to shed light on the current global situation and focus on how we can stand together with human rights defenders affected by hacking. How is digital persecution working? Who is involved? What can Amnesty, other NGOs and every person do about it, together and individually?