Defending Dissidents from Targeted Digital Surveillance

Friday, December 9, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
205 South Hall
Bill Marczak

Bill Marczak, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley

Bill Marczak, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley

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.

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December 5, 2016