Thursday 29th March, 6.30pm – til late Juju’s Bar & Stage
“CryptoParty London” (FREE)
All are welcome to our free monthly CryptoParties offering digital empowerment and privacy training to beginners.
7.00pm – 8.00pm: Privacy workshops including Facebook settings and deletion, end-to-end encryption with Signal, internet monies, and threat modelling.
8pm: PANEL DICUSSION: Is it time to delete Facebook?
Last week, a whistleblower from data mining company Cambridge Analytica revealed that the firm had harvested the profiles of 50 million Facebook users in attempt to ‘microtarget’ voters for Trump’s presidential campaign. Is this a ‘data breach’, or just business as usual for social networks? Are democracies at risk from data-driven manipulation?
We’re delighted to host:
- Harry Davies, the Guardian journalist who first broke the Cambridge Analytica story in 2015;
- Frederike Kaltheuner, data exploitation expert from Privacy International;
- Joe Westby from Amnesty International’s Technology and Human Rights team; and
- Javier Ruiz, Policy Director at Open Rights Group.
- Silkie Carlo, Director of Big Brother Watch (chair).
Tuesday 20th March, 6.45 – 8.30pm: Somerset House, River Rooms
“DEFRAG: Encryption” (Pay What You Can)
Thursday 8th March, 5.15pm: Bristol University
Our Lead Researcher, Jennifer Krueckeberg, will give a talk about Big Brother Watch and our future campaigns at Bristol University’s International Affairs Society.
Friday 2nd March: Birkbeck, University of London
15 years ago, Katharine Gun leaked a GCHQ memo revealing US spying operations on UN security council members. This simple act of bravery helped to galvanise the mass movement of opposition to the Iraq War. It also served as a telling reminder of the essential role played by the press in speaking truth to power and upholding the fabric of democratic life. A generation on, the legacy of that leak is writ large in a resurgent politics of resistance to the warfare and surveillance state on both sides of the Atlantic. This unique event brings together a panel, including Katharine herself, to discuss the lessons of that leak, and ask: What can and should we be doing – journalists, scholars, activists, citizens, policymakers – to do justice to the immeasurable public service performed by whistleblowers?
Katharine Gun (former GCHQ translator responsible for the 2003 leak); Thomas Drake (former senior executive of the US National Security Agency); Duncan Campbell (award winning journalist, author and TV producer); Matthew Hoh (former US Marine and State Department official serving in Afghanistan and Iraq); Jesselyn Radack (national security and human rights attorney representing Ed Snowden among other whistleblowers); Silkie Carlo (Director of Big Brother Watch and leading voice in the campaign against the UK’s repressive surveillance and official secrecy laws).
Friday 23rd February, 7.30pm: Victoria and Albert Museum
Our Director Silkie Carlo chairs a discussion panel on ‘The Male Gaze Reimagined’, looking at the future of dating with a feminist lens. Online dating and social media offer new forms of intimacy that rely on curated self-surveillance. Is self-presentation online empowering, or can scrutiny of our digital bodies reinscribe gender norms? What are the risks of surrendering our privacy, whether to potential partners or to online dating companies? The panel includes Judith Duprotail, Dr. Róisín Ryan-Flood and Laura Thompson looking at what it means to conduct our love lives online.
Wednesday 21st February, 6-8pm: London School of Economics
“The Future of Surveillance Cameras”: Question Time Event
Ask your questions and join the debate, with Tony Porter (Surveillance Camera Commissioner), Lord Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson), Silkie Carlo (Big Brother Watch), Mike Barton (Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary) and Simon Israel (Channel 4 News). Hosted by Jim Naughtie (BBC).
Tuesday 20th February, 6.30pm – til late Juju’s Bar & Stage
“CryptoParty London” (FREE)
All are welcome to our free monthly CryptoParties offering digital empowerment and privacy training to beginners. This month we are honoured to host a keynote talk and Q&A from Dr Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation, on ‘Free Software, Freedom and Privacy’!
The talk begins at 8.30pm. Come along from 6.30pm for workshops on how to make an encrypted safe, how to be anonymous online, how the web works, and the hows and whys of cryptocurrencies.
Saturday 3rd February, 9.30-5.30pm: St. John’s College, Cambridge
“Brave New World: Reimagined” at The Wilberforce Society Annual Conference 2018
The conference will examine technology, security and liberty in the new world. At 2pm, our Director Silkie Carlo will speak on the panel ‘Liberty in the Insecurity Age’ alongside Nigel Inkster, Former Head of Special Operations at MI6, Professor Andrew Murray (LSE) and Dr Tamara Makarenko