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LGBTQ Surveillance & Censorship: Understanding the Worldwide Challenges


Monday, July 21, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

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Learn about the unique privacy and security challenges
the LGBTQ commuity faces worldwide. 

Digital surveillance and entrapment of LGBTQ individuals is on the rise worldwide.  In places like Saudi Arabia where homosexuality is punishable by death, gay men have been detained for looking for sex partners online. In other countries, LGBTQ freedom of speech is being challenged as websites are blocked and cellular networks are censored - this includes in our own backyard. 

Eric Silverberg
is the founder and CEO of SCRUFF, one of the largest gay social apps in the world, and a developer by trade who has worked at both at Google and Microsoft. He will discuss: 

          • Challenges facing gay men and women in non-western regions
          • Censorship by networks, including cellular networks in the US/EU 
          • Scruff initaitives to keep people safe when they travel.  

Kody Leonard
is an ICT specialist with The ISC project who helps LGBTQ activists on the frontlines. He has lived and worked in various parts of Africa for the past four years, including Sudan and his current home in Senegal. He will dicuss: 

          • Overarching themes to threats using technology
          • Challenges when engaging with the LGBTI community in the field
          • Recent efforts by organizations to develop the conversation and 
          • Activities around where technology and the LBGTI community intersect. 

Maria Sjödin
is Director of Development and External Relations with IGLHRC - the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. After 15 years in the LGBT movement in Sweden and working on international LGBT issues for almost 10, Maria will bring perspectives from LGBT organizations around the world on:

          • Engaging with others create risks
          • Reaching out to communities means exposure
          • Digital literacy and the challenges of doing everything when you don’t have enough resources

This TA3M event is hosted by OpenITP and sponsored by the following projects: 


The ISC Project provides advanced, sustained information security assistance to civil society organizations, independent media and human rights activists in countries where free expression, journalistic reporting, online communications and advocacy are critical to societal liberalization and development but potentially risky to personal safety.  For more information, contact info@iscproject.org.


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99 Madison Ave
15th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Monday, July 21, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

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