Digital Advocacy 101: They See You
02 Jul 2019 07:35am - 07:55pm
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Digital Advocacy 101: They See You

02 Jul 2019 07:35am - 07:55pm

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What is surveillance? How much do corporations know about you? And what is 'repression technology'?
About this Event
Half the world is now online, and data is king. Across governments, businesses, and civil society, online players seek to monitor online user activity and access personal data to personalise user experiences, adapt services, offer targeted marketing, and improve public policy.

Governments spy on their citizens to catch criminals and prevent crime in the interest of ‘national security’. But this can have lethal consequences in countries run by authoritarian regimes.

And as China trials its all-reaching, all- encompassing digital police state and “Social Credit” system, other authoritarian regimes have begun to follow suit.

The globalised nature of the Internet means that everyone, everywhere is at risk of these practices. What are governments, corporations, and the media up to and how much do they really know?

This hacker-led event will explore the broader themes of intrusive digital surveillance and individual privacy with a focus on closed societies.


7:00pm - drinks & refreshments
7:30pm - introduction by Hasanal Zaf, founder of We The People
7:40pm - panel discussion
8:10pm - Q&A
8:30pm - networking & drinks

Lionello Lunesu is an experienced hardware and software engineer with an extensive background in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Starting out in 1997, he built and sold custom VR solutions through his first startup for clients such as the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. In 2001, his company was acquired for the real-time 3D stereo rendering technology which he had developed. After setting up several development teams in Bucharest and Beijing, he then joined Microsoft in 2010, where he eventually earned a Microsoft Gold Star Award. He joined China’s first hackerspace, Xinchejian, from its beginning in 2011 as a staff member to help grow and improve the community. More recently, Lio has been working on FinTech projects such as a blockchain wallet device, a decentralized identity platform, and an off-chain decentralised exchange.

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