2017-05-06 15:30 to 2017-05-06 16:30

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The Surveillance State in the Trump Era: Government Spying, Why it Matters, and What You Can Do

The Trump administration has inherited the most potent and far-reaching surveillance apparatus of any administration.  The ever-expanding reach of game-changing technologies makes it more and more possible for the government to know exactly what you're doing, when you're doing it, and how, at all times.  It is also more difficult to know how your civil liberties are being curtailed, let alone how to protect yourself.  The courts and legislatures are struggling to keep up, and our most basic freedoms are threatened.  What's an activist to do?

This talk will focus on laying out the ways in which technology changes the surveillance game at the local, state, and federal levels, laying out who collects information and how.  It will also lay out avenues of engagement that will allow participants to ask the right questions in vetting specific technologies, and influence policymakers and others to protect our civil liberties.

Experience level: All levels

Takeaways:  Participants will leave with a framework for understanding government surveillance at the local, state, and national levels, as well as tools to fight back against the expansion of warrantless, suspicionless surveillance at all levels.