In a world full of bad actors and snooping governments, oversight is the one factor that affects almost every business around the world. As companies like Apple, Signal, and LastPass fight surveillance through end-to-end encryption and avoid massive data collection — you can’t transfer data you don’t have — too many companies, big and small, remain ignorant and deeply vulnerable for prying eyes.
The rapidly changing surveillance landscape is why we’re excited that Jennifer Stisa Granick, ACLU’s surveillance and cybersecurity advisor, and Maddie Stone, a security researcher on Google’s Project Zero team, will join us on the londonbusinessblog.com Disrupt stage on 18-20 October in San Francisco.
In a panel discussion called “Surveillance in Startup Land,” Granick and Stone will join londonbusinessblog.com security editor Zack Whittaker to present a crash course on the surveillance state to inform, educate, and inspire aspiring founders to think about how to protect their users and customers from threats they haven’t even thought of yet.
Today we will discuss emerging threats, such as how spyware makers, such as NSO Group, Cytrox and Candiru, enable governments to secretly tap phones in real time, and data brokers – the companies that trade in personal information and detailed location of people – an increasing threat to privacy and civil liberties.
Surveillance isn’t just in the United States — it’s everywhere — and change can happen quickly and unexpectedly. Example: Fears of health tracking and privacy became a reality after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark lawsuit that guaranteed a person’s constitutional right to abortion.
The decisions founders and investors make today can and will have millions of impacts tomorrow. We can’t wait to hear our panelists think about how companies should think about what they’re building now – and in the future – so they don’t inadvertently become extensions of the surveillance state.
Jennifer Stisa Granick fights for civil liberties in an age of mass surveillance and powerful digital technology. As a surveillance and cybersecurity consultant with the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, she litigates, speaks and writes about privacy, security, technology and constitutional rights.
Granick is the author of the book “American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It” published by Cambridge University Press and winner of the 2016 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.
Maddie Stone is a security researcher on the Google Project Zero team, where she focuses on zero-day exploits that are actively used in the wild. Previously, she was a reverse engineer and team leader of the Android security team, focusing primarily on pre-installed and off-Google Play malware.
Stone holds a Bachelor of Science, with a double major in Computer Science and Russian, and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
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