Christopher Soghoian: Your smartphone is a civil rights issue
Christopher Soghoian - Privacy researcher and activist
Christopher Soghoian researches and exposes the high-tech surveillance tools that governments use to spy on their own citizens, and he is a champion of digital privacy rights. Full bio
and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
into its mobile products
from everyone but the owner.
and yes, even governments
this is a great thing.
a conscious decision
as difficult as possible
smartphone operating systems
Android is made by Google.
are as secure as possible.
stored on iPhones by default,
Apple customer to another Apple customer
to take any actions.
and it has a password,
getting any data off of it,
just really isn't as good.
most of the Android phones
on the device by default,
in Android does not use encryption.
all the data they want
companies in the world;
of luxury goods to have products
really, really dominates:
and a half people
has led to what I call
and security of the rich,
that secure their data by default,
to protect them by default.
a doctor, a politician.
smartphones in their pockets
their text messages,
to secure their information.
and the most vulnerable in our societies
completely vulnerable to surveillance.
to be seen as suspicious
by the state with surveillance.
are also disproportionately likely
that do nothing at all
that surveillance is a tool.
are making it easy for people to encrypt,
who can protect themselves
or a cybersecurity problem.
for the poor and vulnerable users
for our democracy.
rely on technology --
to Occupy Wall Street.
and the members of these movements
and coordinate with smartphones.
that feel threatened by these movements
and their smartphones.
or a Mandela or a Gandhi
from government surveillance.
$20 Android phone in their pocket.
to address the digital security divide,
that everyone in our society
from surveillance by the state,
be exposed to surveillance,
movements may be crushed
their full potential.
covers over his camera
with his headphone mic jack.
a personal question, which is:
here, particularly myself,
actually, I like Band-Aids,
and put them back on
a call or a Skype call.
you can do for your privacy
malicious software out there
This is used by stalkers.
on your ex-girlfriend" software online.
it's used by governments.
a sexual violence component to this,
can be used most effectively
who can be shamed in our society.
you have nothing to hide,
children, teenagers in your lives,
on their camera and protect them.
CS: Thank you.
About the speaker:Christopher Soghoian - Privacy researcher and activist
Christopher Soghoian researches and exposes the high-tech surveillance tools that governments use to spy on their own citizens, and he is a champion of digital privacy rights.
Why you should listen
Christopher Soghoian is a champion of digital privacy rights, with a focus on the role that third-party service providers play in enabling governments to monitor citizens. As the principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, he explores the intersection of federal surveillance and citizen's rights.
Before joining the ACLU, he was the first-ever technologist for the Federal Trade Commision's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, where he worked on investigations of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Netflix. Soghoian is also the creator of Do Not Track, an anti-tracking device that all major web browsers now use, and his work has been cited in court.
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