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Thursday, June 13 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Surveilling Dissent: Online spy mechanisms used by police against protestors

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I. INCLO members will detail stories of how law enforcement are using digital technologies to thwart domestic protest rights: In Russia, the Ministry of Internal Affairs introduced NtechLab facial recognition system for deployment at protests together with plans to build a protestor database; in Argentina, following the WTO scandal, the state continues to troll social media for dissenting individuals in order to deport them, again for the G20; in Kenya, enforcement bodies use evidence of discussions and event planning online to secure the convictions of peaceful protestors; and in the UK, 'neighbourhood watched' is the norm. II. Our moderator will give a brief description of standards, drawn from our 2019 report Surveilling Dissent, and seek comments from the audience about how to discover types of surveillance tech used nationally by law enforcement against dissenters. An INCLO technologist will then introduce our ‘surveillance matters’ website and five steps protestors might take to encrypt their communications when organising and participating in dissent. Time permitting, we will invite members to workshop a scenario where they might practice more secure communications leading up to and during protests.

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Elizabeth Farries

Information Rights Program Manager, International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO)
I'm a lawyer, information technology legal expert, and the project manager of information rights at INCLO, an international collective of 13 human rights organisations from the global south and north. I oversee a transnational program dedicated to achieving higher standards of personal... Read More →
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Brenda McPhail

Director, Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Privacy advocacy. Social implications of new and emerging technologies. Laws protecting privacy. Lack of laws protecting privacy. Exciting legal challenges. Surveillance, especially face surveillance. National security (especially signals intelligence). Talk to me about any of these... Read More →

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Martin Mavenjina

Program Assistant-Transformative Justice, Kenya Human Rights Commission
Martin Mavenjina is a lawyer and human rights activist working with the Kenya Human Rights Commission, the lead human rights organization in Kenya. He serves in the Program Assistant for the Transformative Justice Program and has got vast experience working on human rights, security... Read More →
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Daniel Kahn Gillmor

Senior Staff Technologist, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
I work on the intersection between information communications technology and civil rights and civil liberties. Talk to me about privacy concerns, censorship, security, information autonomy, infrastructure, and how technical choices can shape and constrain social and political po... Read More →
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Andrés López

Lawyer, Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS)
Andrés López is a lawyer graduated from the University of Chile and member of the Litigation and Legal Defense team of the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS), of Argentina.
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Bulat Mukhamedzhanov

Lawyer, Agora International Human Rights Group
Bulat Mukhamedzhanov graduated from the Faculty of Philology (Kazan State University, Russia) in 2007 and since then became a human rights activist. In 2017 he graduated from the university with a law degree.Mukhamedzhanov started his career as a press-secretary of local human rights... Read More →
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Ilia Siatitsa

Legal Officer, Privacy International
Talk to me about the right to privacy and beyond - focusing on human rights issues arising at the intersection of privacy and technology, interested in surveillance and data exploitation by governments and corporations.Find more at https://privacyinternational.org/people/3004/dr... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm BST
L'Escale (Laico)