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Monday, March 16 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Anyone Can Prevent Cyberwar: Here's How

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At dawn on 12 March 2013, police in Bahrain raided the house of 17 year-old Ali Shofa, confiscated his laptop and phone, and took him into custody. Ali was charged with writing anonymous Tweets referring to Bahrain's king as a "dictator," and was sentenced to 1 year in prison. Authorities had tracked him down by hijacking Ali's friend's account to send malicious links to Ali.
Governments, cyber militias, and others increasingly seek to exploit the digital security vulnerabilities of their adversaries to cause physical harm including imprisonment, disappearances, and even murder. A growing commercial "lawful intercept" industry from the West supplements freely available tools from the hacker underground.
Learn more from security researchers and victims alike about how these crimes have unfolded and what you can do to prevent them. Even if you’re not a computer security expert--or have never traveled outside of the US--you can play a part in making such abuses a thing of the past.

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Collin Anderson

Researcher, Bahrain Watch
Collin Anderson is a Washington D.C.-based researcher focused on measurement and control of the Internet, including network ownership and access restrictions, with an emphasis on countries that restrict the free flow of information. Through open research and cross-organizational collaboration... Read More →
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Eva Galperin

Activist, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Eva Galperin is a Global Policy Analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Her work is primarily focused on privacy and security for vulnerable populations around the world. To that end, she has applied the combination of her political science and technical background to everything... Read More →
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Ryan Lackey

Principal of Security Practice, CloudFlare
Security and privacy advocate and entrepreneur. Founded the world's first offshore datahaven, HavenCo, in 2000, as well as working on anonymous electronic cash and active participant on the cypherpunks mailing list. Bootstrapped a satellite/wireless ISP in Iraq and Afghanistan from... Read More →

Bill Marczak

Activist, Bahrain Watch
Bill Marczak is one of the founders of Bahrain Watch, a research and advocacy organization that focuses on corporate sponsors of repression -- arms, surveillance, and PR firms -- in Bahrain and the broader GCC region. Bill is also a PhD student at UC Berkeley, and Research Fellow... Read More →

Morgan Marquis-Boire

Dir of Security, First Look Media
Morgan Marquis-Boire is a Senior Researcher and Technical Advisor at the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. He is the Director of Security for First Look Media. Prior to this he worked on the security team at Google. He is a founding member of... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Salon 8