Confronting National Security to Defend Civic Space and Creating Alternative Ways to Organize Security
A meetup with Ben Hayes (Statewatch) and Christopher Soghoian (ACLU).
Is challenging the current security status quo the most important thing in terms of defending political space and fundamental freedoms at the present time? Or can we as citizens simultaneously articulate and advocate a positive and alternative vision of security? Two activists/scholars are presenting their views in a meet up on Tuesday November 10 from 19:30 till 22:00 in the Juni Café at the Nutshuis. Human Security Collective, Partos, The Hague International Center for Civic Hacks and Stroom Den Haag are inviting you to have a conversation with them and other participants about one of the major challenges of our time: how much and what type of security do we need without giving in on our fundamental freedoms.
This meetup is an official partner event of Border Sessions.
Ben Hayes - Statewatch
Ben Hayes works on international security and human rights issues, with a particular focus on counterterrorism, surveillance and migration controls. He has worked with the civil liberties organisation Statewatch since 1996 (though he’s no longer on the staff); is a Fellow of the Transnational Institute, an Associate of the Human Security Collective, and a researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo.
Christopher Soghoian - ACLU
Dubbed the “Ralph Nader for the Internet Age” by Wired and “the most prominent of a new breed of activist technology researchers” by the Economist, Christopher Soghoian works at the intersection of technology, law, and policy. A leading expert on privacy, surveillance, and information security, Soghoian is currently the Principal Technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union.
A TED Senior Fellow, Soghoian has been named a top innovator under 35 by the MIT Technology Review, an Engineering Hero by IEEE Spectrum, and a Tech Titan by Washingtonian magazine. Soghoian completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2012, which focused on the role that Internet and telephone companies play in enabling government surveillance of their customers.
In order to gather data, he has made extensive use of the Freedom of Information Act and sued the Department of Justice. His research has appeared in publications including the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, and has been cited by several federal and state courts, including including the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the New Jersey and Massachusetts Supreme Courts.