Full calendar here. Upcoming events below.
I’ll be speaking at the opening event at 15:30 on May 4 with Anne Roth, senior advisor at the German parliamentary inquiry on mass surveillance. The talk will be chaired by Pablo Ortellado, from the University of São Paulo – USP. More info available on the event’s Facebook page.
06-07 MAY 2016, Cryptorave, São Paulo, Brazil
Centro Cultural São Paulo
Rua Vergueiro, 1000 – Paraíso, São Paulo – SP, 01504-000
I’ll be speaking at Cryptorave at 23:20 on the 6th on surveillance and political repression.
The Olympics – and the surveillance technology that always accompanies such “megaevents” – are rapidly approaching in Brazil, amidst some major political unrest. That unrest is being played out in the streets, where new, sophisticated technology is being installed in the name of event security. At the same time, some of the most significant demonstrations in the streets since the Civil Rights and anti-war movements in the US are being surveilled with increasingly ubiquitous street level surveillance technology such as cell-site simulators (IMSI catchers), automated license plate readers, and more.
In the 60s and 70s, the US government engaged in a massive surveillance
campaign against black activists fighting for civil rights, anti-war activists, and even the women’s liberation movement. In that same period and later, Brazilian activists were being heavily surveilled by the military government.
What would such surveillance and political repression have looked like with modern street level surveillance?
I’ll discuss this question in this talk. I’ll give a little bit of historical background on COINTELPRO (the FBI’s most infamous surveillance program), some current context for social movements in the US, and some information on specific types of technologies to think about – particularly technology already known to be in use in Brazil. I’ll invite everyone to participate in an open discussion about what information human and digital rights activists and technologists need to share now about how street level surveillance technology could aid political repression. We’ll brainstorm what security and privacy information could be useful for people who are attending demonstrations,
or who are simply concerned about street level surveillance.