Vote1for better Elections

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Session Description

Ensuring Freedom of Expression, keeping communications, journalists, political bloggers, election monitors, and candidates safe in the lead up to and during elections can be a tough prospect in many countries. DDoS attacks and censorship of independent media and opposition political parties can occur. Censorship or network interference to quash citizen discussions on social media, and the compromise of the communications, or computers of key players in an election are all tactics we have seen in our elections-related digital security work. One of the key challenges in this work is the short time and scope to react. What happens in the last two weeks in the election lead-up, and particularly what happens on the one election day, can affect the result for the next four of five years! This session would look at how freedom tools, rapid response capability, and other resources and players in our community can better organize and prepare so that threats and incidents during election times can be better dealt with. For this session we would want representatives from organizations providing rapid response services, secure hosting providers, developers and implementors of freedom tools including Globaleaks (for election fraud reporting), Signal and other secure communications tools, etc.

Vote [1] for better Elections
Presenter/s Gustaf Bjorksten
Bio/s Gustaf Bjorksten is the Chief Technologist at the international digital rights NGO Access Now. Gustaf has been gaining professional experience as a technologist and information security specialist since 1994, most recently in the area of surveillance technology. He has worked in many different ICT environments and reckons he has seen just about everything. He has worked for dot com startups, led from the front during the internet boom, and endured the dot com bust. He has worked for small companies, rapidly growing companies, and very large corporations in the computer games, education, ISP, pharmaceutical, telecoms, and financial sectors. From 2001-2005 he founded and ran a hackerspace in Melbourne, Australia that housed over 150 computers of every size, description and platform. That hackerspace was also the base from which anti-net-censorship, no-net-tax, anti-war, and other activist campaigns were fought. He is glad to be given the opportunity to apply his technical experience to defend and extend digital human rights for all people.
Language English

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