In a world filled with bad guys and snooping governments, surveillance is one of the factors that affect almost every business globally. While companies like Apple, Signal and LastPass fight surveillance by using end-to-end encryption and avoiding mass data collection – you can’t transfer data you don’t have – too much Companies, large and small, remain unknown and deeply susceptible to prying eyes.
The rapidly changing surveillance landscape is why we’re thrilled that Jennifer Stisa Granick, ACLU’s cybersecurity and monitoring consultant, and Maddie Stone, a security researcher on Google’s Project Zero team, will join us on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt October 18–20 in San Francisco.
In a panel discussion called “Surveillance in Startup Land,” Granick and Stone will join TechCrunch security editor Zack Whittaker to present a course on the state of surveillance to inform, educate and inspires early-stage founders to think about how to protect their users and customers from threats they haven’t even thought of.
We will discuss emerging threats today, like how spyware manufacturers, such as NSO Group, Cytrox, and Candiru, allow governments to secretly eavesdrop on phones in real time. Facts and data brokers – those that trade in people’s detailed location and personal information – represent a growing threat to privacy and civil liberties.
Surveillance isn’t just in the US – it’s everywhere – and change can happen quickly and unexpectedly. Typical: Fear healthcare data tracking and privacy became a reality after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wadelandmark legal case that guarantees a person’s constitutional right to an abortion.
The decisions founders and investors make today can and will affect millions tomorrow. We can’t wait to hear our panelists weigh in on how companies should think about what they’re building now – and in the future – so they don’t inadvertently become an extension of monitoring status.
Jennifer Stisa Granick fights for civil liberties in an age of massive surveillance and powerful digital technology. As a cybersecurity and surveillance consultant for the ACLU’s Technology, Privacy, and Speech Project, she advocates, speaks, and writes about privacy, security, technology, and the constitution.
Granick is the author of “American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It,” published by Cambridge University Press and won the Palmer Civil Liberties Award in 2016.
Maddie Stone is a security researcher on the Google Project Zero team, where she focuses on actively used zero-day exploits in the wild. Previously, she served as a reverse engineer and team leader on the Android security team, mainly focusing on malware that came pre-installed and not available on Google Play.
Stone holds a Bachelor of Science, with a double major in computer science and Russian, and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
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