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[liberationtech] Commercialization of online spying talk @ Stanford 11/29

S Vivek vivekdse at stanford.edu
Tue Nov 27 05:35:22 PST 2012


We have four speakers in place, but the January schedule is still very
empty.  I have been writing to our list regularly, but the responses have
been slow to come.  We have the first speaker fixed, but the next three
slots are empty as of now.

vivek

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On Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 12:07 AM, Larry Diamond <ldiamond at stanford.edu>wrote:

> Vive,
> Thanks.  I will introduce them and chair this.
>
> Can you tell me where we stand on the Winter schedule?
> best,
> Larry
>
> ------------------------------
> *From: *"S Vivek" <vivekdse at stanford.edu>
> *To: *liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu
> *Sent: *Monday, November 26, 2012 11:48:04 AM
> *Subject: *[liberationtech] Commercialization of online spying talk @
> Stanford        11/29
>
>
> Nov 29 at 4:30 pm @ Wallenberg Auditorium, Stanford University
>
> SPEAKERS: *Bill Marczak* - Computer Science, PhD Student at UC Berkeley &
> *Morgan Marquis-Boire* - Security Engineer at Google
>
> The so-called "Arab Spring" saw politically and economically
>  disenfranchised citizens take advantage of new tools such as social  media
> and smartphones to break the state’s monopoly on information, and  mobilize
> mass protest. While governments were quick to employ familiar,  time-tested
> mechanisms of repression against demonstrators in the  streets and main
> squares, they fumbled at first in controlling this new  digital dissent.
>
>
>
> Against an increasingly security-aware online community, the traditional
> tools  of blocking, filtering, and wiretapping had become less effective.
>  Nervous regimes turned to the largely unregulated $5 billion a year
>  industry in Internet surveillance tools. Once the realm of the black
>  market and intelligence agencies, the latest computer spyware is now  sold
> at trade shows for dictator pocket change.
>
>
>
> Activists and journalists soon found themselves the target of e-mails
> promising  exclusive or scandalous information.  We analyzed messages
> forwarded to  us by suspicious users, and found spyware products apparently
> from Gamma International and Hacking Team, recognized players in the
> surveillance  industry.  For the first time, we analyzed their products,
> chasing  internet addresses and shell corporations across the globe.  As we
>  published our findings, servers disappeared, and spyware was rewritten.
>
>
>
> In this talk, we detail the cat and mouse game between authoritarian
>  regimes and dissidents, as well as our ongoing efforts to map out the
>  relationship between surveillance software companies and governments.
>
>
>
> The event is open to public.   For further details, see:
>
>
> http://liberationtechnology.stanford.edu/events/cash_rules_everything_around_me_the_commercialization_of_online_spying/
>
>
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> http://liberationtechnology.stanford.edu
>
> C 149 Encina Hall
> 616 Serra St.
> Stanford, CA 94305
>
> Phone: 1-801-784-8357, that is 1-801-S Vivek's!
>
> Blog: http://viveks.info
>
>
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