Defending Dissidents from Targeted Digital Surveillance
Bill Marczak is a computer science Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley and a senior research fellow at Citizen Lab. Bill’s research focuses on identifying and tracking nation-state information controls employed against dissidents, as well as government-exclusive “lawful intercept” malware tools, including FinFisher, Hacking Team’s RCS, and NSO Pegasus. As part of his dissertation, Bill developed Himaya, a defensive approach that readily integrates with targets’ workflow to provide near real-time scanning of a subject’s email messages to check for threats. He will be explaining the architecture of the program, as well as the greater context for his work.
A light lunch will be provided.