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[liberationtech] Stanford Liberationtech Seminar for Tomorrow Feb 12: Enrique Piraces on Human Rights in the Age of Hyper-Surveillance

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Wed Feb 11 12:55:39 PST 2015

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From: Kathleen Barcos <kbarcos at>

Human Rights in the Age of Hyper-Surveillance

*Enrique Piracés,* Vice President,
Human Rights Program, Benetech

*Thursday, February 12, 2015 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM*

School of Education
Room 12

For decades, security experts, privacy advocates, and whistleblowers have
warned us about the growing surveillance capacity of states,
the risk of technology in the hands of organized crime, and the increasing
role that corporations play in violating citizens’ rights
to privacy and anonymity.  As we start to grasp the scope and scale of
unchecked surveillance, it is important to underscore the
 need to understand its potential long-term consequences for human rights
organizations and the development of free media.
 Human rights defenders and journalists work in environments where
resources are scarce and adversaries have the upper hand.
In the context of human rights documentation and journalistic work, the
of technically advanced surveillance can be tremendous.

*Speaker Bio*
Enrique Piracés is Vice President of the Human Rights Program at Benetech.
He has been working at the intersection
of human rights, science, and technological innovation for more than 10
years. His focus has been both the implications of the use
of technology in the context of human rights as well as the opportunities
that new scientific and technological developments open for
NGOs and practitioners. He is an advocate for the use of open source and
strong crypto as the baseline for human rights documentation and
journalistic work.
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