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Wednesday, May 16 • 14:30 - 15:45
Lightning Talks: The State of Mass Surveillance 2018

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Mass Spying 2018 (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Speakers: Cindy Cohn

Where are we in the fight against mass surveillance? Now that the US authority has been renewed, I'll provide an update on the litigation challenges in the U.S. and Europe and hopefully lead a conversation about how to continue to raise concerns around the world.

Protecting Our Own: Special Rights Just for US (Center for Democracy & Technology)

Greg Nojeim

This lightning talk calls into question the continued utility and wisdom of limiting strong human rights protections in surveillance regimes to nationals of the country conducting surveillance, and to domestic as compared to foreign surveillance.

Many countries give their own nationals special rights when it comes to surveillance and data demands that target their own nationals. For example, Germany recently enacted legislation its citizens the highest protections, citizens of the EU an intermediate level of protection, and citizens of every other country a low level of protection. And, when the United States reauthorized the “PRISM” program, which targets people outside the US, much of the debate focused not on the rights of the 100,000 targets, but on the rights of U.S. citizens who may communicate with them.

Some protections may apply only to domestic-to-domestic communications or to people located within the geographic boundaries of the country. In a world where communications between two individuals in one country may pass through a third country, and where surveillance techniques do not readily permit an assessment of the nationality of the communicants, does it make sense for countries to extend strong human rights protections just to their own citizens or just to "domestic" communications? This lightning talk will explore alternative approaches that raise the rights of non-citizens located outside the country conducting the surveillance.

IMSI Catchers: The Problems We Can & Cannot Resolve (Center for Democracy and Technology)

Speakers: Mana Azarmi

This talk will explain what the technology is, and outline the problems with associated with them that can and cannot be resolved.

Keeping a Low Profile? Technology, Risk and Privacy Among Undocumented Immigrants (School of Information, University of Michigan)

Speakers: Tamy Guberek

Surveilling Surveillance: An Intro to Data Security & Data Justice in Canada and the UK (Toronto Legal Hackers; Politai)

Speakers: Joanna Lehrer

A comparison between data security measures in the European Union and Canada.

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Tamy Guberek

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan School of Information
Intersection of human rights, data and technology. Research focuses on use of statistics in human rights advocacy and decision-making, online privacy behaviors of vulnerable communities and NGOs, data transparency and communicating uncertainty, digital security education.
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Joanna Lehrer

Founder (Lawyer), Politai
Collective data ownership and strategic use; collective civilian rights compensation; standardized geospatial coordinates, especially as a means to parse and distribute contextually relevant legal information and advocacy tips in the public domain, or for supported self-monitoring... Read More →
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Greg Nojeim

Director, Project on Freedom, Security and Technology, Center for Democracy & Technology
Cybersecurity, surveillance, United States surveillance laws, ECPA, cross border law enforcement demands for Internet users' communications, encryption

Wednesday May 16, 2018 14:30 - 15:45 EDT