Christopher Soghoian: How to avoid surveillance ... with the phone in your pocket
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
wiretapping assistance to governments.
this assistance was manual.
and wires were connected by hand.
built surveillance features
that carry our calls
when you're talking to your spouse,
or your doctor on the telephone,
be your own government;
a foreign intelligence service,
the surveillance system,
of the telephone companies.
have built surveillance as a priority,
over the last couple years,
strong encryption technology
might have an iPhone,
to send a text message
cannot easily be wiretapped.
the text messages themselves.
to make an audio call
friends or loved ones,
of people around the world,
encryption technology into its product,
in the Global South can easily communicate
to listen to any telephone call --
officials are not very happy.
these encryption tools are now available.
encryption features into their products
have democratized encryption.
like British Prime Minister David Cameron,
emails, texts, voice calls --
available to governments,
to their point of view.
in a dangerous world,
serious national security threats
the FBI and the NSA to monitor.
features come at a cost.
as a terrorist laptop,
if the drug dealers' telephone calls
can be intercepted,
around the world be using devices
systems that I've described --
and Microsoft built into their networks --
to lawful surveillance requests
by the Chinese government,
wanted to figure out
the US government was monitoring.
built into the network
Greece's largest telephone company --
the surveillance feature,
the Greek Prime Minister
who did that were never caught.
with these surveillance features,
into a communications network
who's going to go through it.
or the other side,
I think that it's better
to be as secure as possible.
wiretapping more difficult.
are going to have a tougher time
to live in a world
text messages could be surveilled
and by foreign intelligence agencies.
in that kind of world.
you probably have the tools
of government surveillance
and already in your pockets,
and how secure those tools are,
you've used to communicate really are.
I want you to tell your colleagues:
because they're cheap and easy,
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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