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Thursday, May 17 • 17:15 - 18:15
Disappearing space, Disappearing voices: How the Chinese government & Big Tech are silencing Tibetans online

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Tibetans in Tibet (one of the least free places on earth after only Syria according to the 'Freedom in the World' report), who are routinely subject to extreme levels of surveillance and punishment for their online activities, are being impacted by China’s crackdown on VPN providers, and Apple’s decision to proactively remove VPN apps from the Chinese version of the iTunes App Store, as well as new restrictions on the group feature of popular mobile apps like WeChat. Recent media reports of China’s move to implement high tech facial recognition capabilities and “voice pattern recognition” as a means to better monitor the population and stamp out dissent will further impact this vulnerable population.

With rumours of Facebook and Google trying to re-enter China, there are serious concerns about how they will “comply” with Chinese law in the future. This session will look at how can we plan or forecast the architectural changes these companies will make in order to reduce harm on Tibetans and the communities we are trying to help.

avatar for Lhadon Tethong

Lhadon Tethong

Director, Tibet Action Institute
I work with an incredible team of human rights advocates and digital security gurus on innovative training, education, and technology development programs in order to equip Tibetans, and other people living under extreme repression, with new tools and strategies to fight for their... Read More →

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Nathan Freitas

Director, Guardian Project
Nathan Freitas is the Founder and Director of the Guardian Project, a Brooklyn-based open-source mobile security community, whose apps include Orbot (Tor for Android), ChatSecure (encrypted chat and file sharing), and ObscuraCam (auto-face-blur!), and developer libraries including... Read More →
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Dechen Pemba

Editor, High Peaks Pure Earth
Tibet, China, Translation, Censorship, Freedom of Expression. Come to our panel on Thursday - Disappearing space, Disappearing voices: How the Chinese government & Big Tech are silencing Tibetans online: https://rightscon2018.sched.com/event/EHoU/disappearing-space-disappearing-v... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 17:15 - 18:15 EDT