Protest in the Age of Surveillance


For protesters all around the world, technology is an important tool to communicate and mobilize. For repressive regimes, innovative technology provide new means to surveil protesters and dissidents. In Hong Kong, where just recently protests against China’s influence gained global attention, the Hong Kong government is upgrading its surveillance technology while impeding protesters from utilizing existing communication tools. But students and protestors are fighting back, using cash to buy transit tickets and burner SIM cards to coordinate privately. Join the Human Rights Foundation for a conversation with Denise Ho, singer-songwriter and pro-democracy activist; Johnson Yeung, human rights activist; and Mary Hui, Quartz journalist, to discuss combating government surveillance in protests.

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Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Level: Beginner