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Friday, May 18 • 12:00 - 13:15
Recasting a Wider Net: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Circumvention During Predicted Censorship Events

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Circumvention technologies are a vital component of a free and open Internet.  One of the most difficult challenges for circumvention tool providers is to monitor the effectiveness of their particular tools during increased censorship events.  How can we obtain useful details about the interdiction and interference with web and mobile traffic?  How can this knowledge be applied to near-real-time countermeasures?  And can we perform these tasks while keeping users safe?  Speakers will include both practitioners and researchers who are working on these problems.
This will be managed through a brief round of perspectives by the speakers on how the effectiveness of circumvention techniques can be measured and evaluated, followed by a discussion among the speakers led by Dr. Novotny, then moving to open discussion with the audience.

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Eric Novotny

Professor, The American University
Internet freedom; secure communication; Internet governance

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Mahsa Alimardani

Mahsa Alimardani is senior researcher on MENA at ARTICLE19 and a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford’s Oxford Internet Institute.
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Simin Kargar

Human Rights Lawyer, Berkman Klein Center
Simin Kargar is a human rights lawyer with a focus on the interrelations of technology and human rights. She studies harmful speech online, gender-based violence and technology, and the interplays of social media, power and new propaganda. In addition, Simin investigates how discourses... Read More →

Keith McManamen

Strategic Analyst, Psiphon

Friday May 18, 2018 12:00 - 13:15 EDT