Fighting the Chilling Effects of Surveillance in Protests: Strategies and Tactics for uncovering IMSI catchers, and how to stop them.

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Fighting the Chilling Effects of Surveillance in Protests: Strategies and Tactics for uncovering IMSI catchers, and how to stop them.
Presenter(s) Stephanie Lacambra & Katitza Rodriguez
Title(s) Criminal Defense Staff Attorney & International Rights Director, Peru
Organization(s) Electronic Frontier Foundation
Project(s) Fighting the Use of CSS/IMSI catchers by Law enforcment
Country(ies) US, Philippines, & Peru
Social media Katitza Rodríguez (@txitua)
2017 theme Community

The use of cell site simulators/IMSI catchers from Mexico to North Dakota, from Brasil to the Black Lives Matter movement, are used to intimidate and disrupt protestors’ free expression.

In this conversation, we are going to explain what an IMSI catcher is and how it works. Then we’ll define a few telltale signs of what to look for in the context of protests that would indicate that you are being targeted by an IMSI catcher. Our aim is to stimulate a global discussion on how to document telltale interruptions in digital cell communications to prove that the government in your country is using IMSI catchers against you.

Technology is the same around the world, but the advocacy strategies will differ between different countries. We hope to work together with the audience to learn and build strategies and tactics for how to document and share this information in order to bring this issue into the public debate in your own country.

Format Conversation
Target Groups journalists, activists, protestors, citizens, students, digital rights advocates
Length 1
Skill Level Novice
Language English


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Additional Notes

For review prior to our session: https://www.eff.org/sls/tech/cell-site-simulators

Relevant Resources

https://www.eff.org/wp/surveillance-self-defense-international https://ssd.eff.org/en/playlist/activist-or-protester https://ssd.eff.org/en/playlist/journalist-move https://ssd.eff.org/en/playlist/journalism-student https://ssd.eff.org/en/playlist/human-rights-defender https://ssd.eff.org/en/playlist/academic-researcher

Contributors

Katitza Rodriguez