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Wednesday, June 12 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Tech Demos: Blowing the Whistle – Data leaks and digital dropboxes

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Detecting personal data leaks to third party actors with website and app analysis methodology (Fundación Karisma)

Speakers: Stéphane Labarthe

The session would show how we could detect personal data leaks - including names, identity numbers and even login and passwords - to third party actors (advertising companies, analytics, etc.) in the analyze of data flow from websites and apps. We will present some examples based on recent researches on governmental websites and apps. We would like to conclude that this is not a problem concerning only the big platforms like Facebook or Google but a general topic which concerns all websites and apps when developers include external source code without being able to control it. This demotech follows our previous presentation in RightsCon 2017 and 2018 (“DiYKit - How to analyse Websites” and “DiYKit: How to analyz e privacy and security on smartphone apps”). The activities planned in the session are: 1) short presentation of the data flow analysis of the methodology; 2) examples of recent flows analysis showing dataleaks to third parties concerning one smartphone app and one or two websites ; 3) short debate and exchanges about it. Interactivity would be promoted by exchanges and debates in this third part and would enable to listen possible solutions a best practices to mitigate the risk we identified.

Predicting & Preventing Mass Atrocities (Hala Systems)

Description: Hala Systems is a social enterprise that uses artificial intelligence, remote sensing, and the internet of things to save lives in conflict zones, to combat disinformation, and to bring accountability for war crimes. Hala created an early warning system for airstrikes against civilians in Syria that provides 7-10 minutes of warning on average. We estimate that it reaches up to 2.3 million people, has saved hundreds of lives, and has prevented thousands of injuries. In this session, we will provide an overview of the system design and how all of these technologies converge into a single product. The talk will feature a video testimonial from civilians in Syria, as well as a brief demo of our technology. The discussion will also include our vision for the future: new capabilities, new types of threats, new geographic deployments, new local partners, etc.

Speakers: Dave Levin and Saghar Hamidzade

VIRT-EU: a toolkit for incorporating privacy and ethics in technical design (Open Rights Group)

Speakers: Javier Ruiz  

The VIRT-EU project consortium has developed various tools to help developers incorporate ethical and privacy considerations in their products. This session will showcase some of those tools to help work with values and priorities, and to assess the impact of their products. Participants will learn critical approaches to mainstream technology ethics, understand the general principles of impact assessment and will explore some tools available.


Jonah Sheridan

Information Ecology
Information Ecology, LLC, brings together social justice values and technical chops; our work is tempered by whole-systems sensibilities, rooted in years of alliance with grassroots and direct action organizations, forged in classrooms and datacenters, and enriched by time spent studying... Read More →

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Javier Ruiz

Policy Director, javier@openrightsgroup.org
I work on a broad range of digital rights policy, from privacy and surveillance to copyright and technology ethics.
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Dave Levin

Co-Founder & COO, Hala Systems
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Saghar Hamidzade

Hala Systems
Use of technology for civilian protection in Syria

Wednesday June 12, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm BST
Village Stage (Laico)