Telling the NSA to [Back] Off
Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that the NSA is engaging in an unprecedented breach of our privacy, gathering data about every telephone conversation and online transaction it can. But don't worry, says President Obama: "Nobody is listening to your phone calls."
Is that supposed to make us feel better?
This panel will discuss what we can do to push back against widespread government surveillance. I will highlight some of the best practices for both individuals and companies who want to push back against this unconstitutional practice, ranging from a step-by-step walkthrough of anti-surveillance technologies to opportunities for activism to rein in these programs entirely.
Secret court decisions empowering three-letter agencies to invade the innermost recesses of our private lives should be fodder for spy novels, not part of a functioning democracy. It's time to say 'no way' to the NSA.
- What do we actually know about the NSA's surveillance programs? Can we trust that there isn't more?
- How can I use available technological tools (encryption, TOR, etc.) to protect my online interaction from surveillance?
- How can I design my online product or service to protect my users' information? What can I do to make sure my company isn't drawn into the PR nightmare of being featured on a PRISM slide? And how can I reassure my users that I'm not already selling them out?
- What opportunities are there for concerted action? Can we draw lessons from things like the SOPA/PIPA battles to leverage the power of the Internet to make our message clear to lawmakers? How can we use the democratic process to stop this profoundly undemocratic policy?
- What does the future hold? How can we build a technology-driven world that does not inherently give those in power access to our personal lives? What can we do to ensure this doesn't happen again?
Chris Conley ACLU of Northern California
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