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Anyone Can Prevent Cyberwar: Here's How

Monday, March 16
3:30PM - 4:30PM

JW Marriott
Salon 8
110 E 2nd St

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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Bill Marczak


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...

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Collin Anderson


Eva Galperin


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 ha...

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Ryan Lackey

Principal of Security Practice


Ryan Lackey has worked in computer security for nearly two decades. In addition to founding the world's first offshore datahaven (HavenCo on Sealand) in 2000, he developed anonymous cryptographic ...

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