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Wednesday, May 16 • 16:00 - 17:00
Human Rights versus the Botnets

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This panel will explore the ways in which botnets -- and botnet response -- can affect civil liberties and human rights online, and what actions can be taken to mitigate harm.

Botnets can be used to knock websites run by activists and dissidents, independent journalists, human rights groups, and civil society groups offline. Providing those vulnerable actors with tools and services to protect their websites from these attacks can help them continue their invaluable work. At the same time, indiscriminate botnet response with techniques like blocking, seizing and sinkholing has the potential to do collateral damage to the exercise of others’ rights.

This panel will bring together representatives from industry and civil society to talk about both how to protect vulnerable websites and how to respect human rights when responding to botnet attack. The goal is to: (1) discuss the most effective defense mechanisms for websites to defend against the threat of botnets, (2) facilitate a conversation about how botnet defense mechanisms -- whether used by vulnerable website or others -- might impact others; (3) address ways to identify websites at risk of attack and educate them about available tools; and (4) discuss principles that could help guide botnet response.

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Michelle Richardson

Deputy Director, Freedom, Security and Technology Project, Center for Democracy and Technology
I am an expert in surveillance and cybersecurity law and policy. Talk to me about how we build government and corporate programs that are effective while respecting civil rights and liberties-- intelligence gathering, law enforcement investigations, cyber info sharing, cybersecurity... Read More →

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George Conard

Product Manager, Jigsaw (Google)
I'm the product manager for Project Shield, a free service from Jigsaw that uses Google infrastructure to protect rights organizations, news publishers, journalists, and elections-related websites from digital attacks.Jigsaw is an incubator within Alphabet that builds technology to... Read More →

Leo Henrichsen

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Alissa Starzak

Head of Public Policy, Cloudflare
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Dmitri Vitaliev

Founder and Director, eQualit.ie
Dmitri is the founder and director of eQualit.ie with fifteen years experience working on digital security and privacy technology with civil society organizations. He has led and participated in missions to over 40 countries, and is a recognized expert on technology training and organizational... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 16:00 - 17:00

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