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Thursday, May 17 • 17:15 - 18:15
How to win the privacy/surveillance debate.

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Activists have lost the debate on privacy and mass surveillance. Governments have convinced a majority in society that mass surveillance protects them against terrorism, and that privacy is a worthless personal commodity that should be willingly sacrificed in exchange for security.

This session offers activists fighting to protect privacy new research that could help turn the tide of public opinion. A report recently published by the Civil Liberties Union for Europe demonstrates that mass surveillance is ineffective and probably makes the public less secure. The report also develops an innovative concept of privacy as freedom to think, research and exchange ideas that forms the foundation of democracy.

Participants will be invited to work together to develop pro-privacy messages built on evidence and arguments from the report. As a follow-up, interested participants will be invited to develop communications materials that they can then share with each other, thus repaying investment in one product with a suite of tools.

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Israel Butler

Head of Advocacy, Civil Liberties Union for Europe
Israel is Head of Advocacy at the Civil Liberties Union for Europe. From 2015-2017 he worked as a consultant on EU affairs and human rights law and policy, providing research and advocacy services to the governmental and not-for-profit sectors. Between 2012 and 2015 he was senior... Read More →

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