This panel explores the security threats and opportunities raised by new technologies. Security threats are a daily reality for human rights defenders around the world. New technologies have made it possible to generate, analyze, store, and communicate large amount of data. In this process new risks have emerged, including the protection of sources. At the same time, new technologies make it possible to collect and transfer data securely.
Doug Tygar (UC Berkeley)
Nathan Freitas (Guardian Project)
Jeff Klingner (Benetech)
Chris Palmer (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Nathan Freitas has been writing code since he was seven and hasn't stopped looking for difficult problems to solve with software ever since. A lifelong mobile technology enthusiast, his career has included work on academic research projects, popular consumer gadgets, award-winning digital art pieces and groundbreaking technology for activism.
Jeff Klingner is a computer scientist and consultant for the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG). He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, where he received a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship. Dr. Klingner has collaborated with HRDAG since 2005. He performed data analysis and created visualizations of document flow within the Chadian government in the 1980s, establishing that the president of Chad was in control of the country's secret police and was well-informed of hundreds of deaths that occurred in police prisons. He implemented data-cleaning and conducted analysis of several sources of data collected by Ensaaf in Punjab, India, establishing verifiable quantitative findings on mass disappearances and extrajudicial executions during the Sikh uprising and resultant police and army crackdown of 1984-1995. Dr. Klingner designed and wrote a machine-learning software package for de-duplicating and merging lists of violent deaths and other human rights violations. HRDAG has applied this technology to many analyses, including its work in Colombia, El Salvador, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Chris Palmer is the Technology Director at Electronic Frontier Foundation. He has ten years of experience as a software engineer, with a focus on application security. Before EFF, he worked as a Senior Software Engineer at Google on securing the Android operating system for mobile devices. Before that, he was a Principal Security Consultant at iSEC Partners, a security engineering consultancy, where he hacked a wide variety of applications and platforms. Other previous work includes being an EFF Staff Technologist and a developer at web app shops in San Francisco and Minneapolis.
Doug Tygar is Professor of Computer Science and Information Management at UC Berkeley. He works in the areas of computer security, privacy, and electronic commerce. His current research includes privacy, security issues in sensor webs, digital rights management, and usable computer security. His awards include a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, an Okawa Foundation Fellowship, a teaching award from Carnegie Mellon, and invited keynote addresses at PODC, PODS, VLDB, and many other conferences.
Chris Palmer of the Electronic Frontier Foundation compares software security to the physical security of a safe, which is not meant to be impenetrable, but just delay the criminal long enough to be arrested.