Tuesday, March 1st
15:00 // Auditorium
Malware Against Political Dissidence in Latam

Digital surveillance against political dissidents in Latin America has been always a suspicion from activists and journalists, but, recently, strong evidence had shown how these kind of practices are escalating in a very pervasive way.

From the scandals of surveillance to public figures in Colombia and Argentina, or the recent revelations regarding the purchase and use of malware (FinFisher, Remote Control System, Packrat) in many countries from Latin America , there is an increasing evidence about digital surveillance against political dissidents and journalists.

Therefore, the purpose of the session is to discuss 4 main points:

a) What do we know about the usages of malware for surveillance in latam?

b) How do they overlap with analog and even traditional methods of surveillance, such as infiltrated agents, assault and theft of offices and devices and even physical violence?

c) Do we have legal framework and its ability to respond to this kind of surveillance?

d) How to address the lack of technological capacity for response in terms of improving security or at least providing forensic assistance to document and investigate these practices?

The debate will focus in briefly mapping the situation, highlighting some challenges and possible ways to create awareness regarding these practices and violations, ultimately, with the goal to protect activists and investigative journalists operating in the boarders of dissent.

Renata Avila (WebWeWant);
Luis Carlos Diaz (Venezuelan activist and journalist);
Vladimir Chorny (R3D);
Amarela and Lucas Teixeira (Coding Rights).

Joana Varon (Coding Rights);



Thursday, March 3rd
11:00 // Auditorium
Smart cities: networks of people, networks of vigilance?

Lots has being said about smart cities, either for praising or criticizing the concept. As some understand the idea as a way to better manage the many flows of a big and complex city, others point out little transparency on how the information is gathered and used by the companies and public government and the lack of involvement of the civil society in the decision of how and which actions are taken in the city. Different smart cities tools are currently being introduced in cities all over the world with no further discussion about the main demand and result of the concept of “smart” in the cities: the generation of data. This session looks for proposing different queries to the subject as:
– What kind of data have to be gathered about cities and population?
– How should it be processed and filed?
– In what level they should be public or private?
– Should this data be available for sharing and reuse?
– How are the legal and ethic challenges of each decision?
The session is aimed for programmers involved in geodata and smart cities tools, grassroots and neighbours organizations working in urban areas, urbanists, architects and any student or researcher working in the urban studies and smart cities/IT field, but will profit from any citizen contribution in the discussion.

Renata Avila (WebWeWant);
Dia Kayyali (Street Level Surveillance);
Gemma Galdon (Eticas Consult);
Raquel Rennó (Coding Rights).

Joana Varon (Coding Rights)



Friday, March 4th
10:00 // Think Tank
Producing guides and self-learning resources for tackling gender-tech based violence: What is there and what is needed?

Over the past two years, there has been an increasing production of guides and other self learning resources oriented at better understanding what is violence against women (online and offline) and how to document and share about the initiatives, processes and tools that are challenging it under its different forms. The workshop will address this panorama of resources departing from the participants experiences and their needs in relation to those materials. When mapping what is there and what is missing, they will draft guidelines for shared good practices when producing new materials (such as how to not reinvent the wheel and duplicating upstream work, thinking ahead the maintainability, translatability, feedback, peer review and overall sustainability of those resources) and will reflect on how to develop materials that are ethical, inclusive and accessible. This workshop should enable people engaged with the production of self learning resources around privacy and digital security to better understand how to include a gender and intersectional perspective, inasmuch as it should enable networking among people planning to produce gender-related materials in the field of privacy and digital security.



Saturday, March 5th
10:00 // Think Tank
Violencia de género en línea. Discusiones en torno al hate speech, el danger speech y los distintos contextos de violencia contra la mujer

El contexto Latinoamericano muestra de manera cotidiana problemas graves de agresiones en contra de mujeres que son mantenidas y promovidas, en muchas de las ocasiones, por estructuras culturales e institucionales de carácter misógino. La violencia de género es una realidad difícilmente discutible, y ésta se mantiene y (muchas veces) se agrava online. Al respecto, distintos estándares regionales e internacionales se concentran en figuras como el hate speech y, últimamente, en otros como el danger speech, para intentar atajar problemáticas relacionadas al tema. En estas discusiones el contexto es fundamental y las situaciones de cada región muestran distintos avances, problemáticas y retrocesos.



Sunday, March 6th
Net of Rights

Screening and online launch of the film Net of Rights, a 15 min short documentary film that explores the relation within Internet protocols and the promotion and protection of Human Rights from the point of view of several engineers that participate in the work of the Internet Engineer Task Force – IETF.

Joana Varon (Coding Rights);

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