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The surreptitious assault on privacy, security, and freedom

Mike Gerwitz

Privacy, security, and personal freedom: each of these essential rights are being surreptitiously assaulted by governments, corporations, and ill-minded individuals that are spying and preying upon us with unprecedented frequency and breadth. This talk will survey the most pressing issues of today, including topics of government surveillance and espionage; advertisers and data analytics; IoT; policy and the crypto wars; the Web, "cloud", and centralization; vehicles; societal pressures and complacency; and more. Attendees will be presented with an overview of mitigations and dozens of resources.

Slides: https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/m/the-surreptitious-assault-on-privacy-security-and-freedom-slides/


5 years, 8 months ago

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