[oshug-announce] Personal Privacy Online (The Dark Web, Investigatory Powers Act), Thursday 19th January.

Andrew Back andrew at abopen.com
Sat Jan 14 09:45:29 UTC 2017


There are no hardware talks this month, but there will be an excellent
series of 3 talks hosted by the BCS OSSG next Thursday, on theme of
personal privacy online.

Details below.




Personal Privacy Online (The Dark Web, Investigatory Powers Act)

On the 19 January 2017, 18:00 - 20:00 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The
Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.

 Registration: https://events.bcs.org/book/2408/

We explore the theme of personal rights and privacy on the modern
Internet, with a talk on The Dark Web, covering insights on one of the
larger anonymous marketplaces online and another on the new
Investigatory Powers Act.

— The Investigatory Powers Act: What is it?

The Investigatory Powers Act also known as the Snoopers Charter is now
law, find out what that means for you and your company. The Snoopers
Charter would require metadata on every email, website visit and social
media log to be recorded. It covers hacking and mass hacking performed
by Government agencies. Its powers can be enforced across the world. It
contains over 270 clauses and dwarfs the computer misuse act in terms of
size, so this is going to be a speed run covering some of the high points.

* Glyn Wintle is a security evangelist and software engineer. He has
given evidence in Parliament, frequently gives technical talks about
security and is well know for his work with the Open Rights Group.

— The Dark Web

Within the last years, governmental bodies have been futilely trying to
fight against dark web hosted marketplaces. Shortly after the closing of
“The Silk Road” by the FBI and Europol in 2013, new successors have been
established. Through the combination of cryptocurrencies and nonstandard
communication protocols and tools, agents can anonymously trade in a
marketplace for illegal items without leaving any record.

This talk will presents a research carried out to gain insights on the
products and services sold within one of the larger marketplaces for
drugs, fake ids and weapons on the Internet, Agora, and on new
developments after the demise of Agora.

The team behind the research included Andres Baravalle, Sin Wee Lee,
Germans Zaharovs (research intern) and Mauro Lopez Sanchez (final year

The work has been featured on the front page on The Times and on the
Guardian, amongst other media.

* Andres Baravalle works in the in the University of East London as
Senior Lecturer in Computing.
He has been working in academia since 2004 (University of Turin,
University of Sheffield, Open University, University of East London),
while also working as a contractor in industry.

Andres has been developing in LAMP environments since 1999 and managing
development teams since shortly after.

In the past years he has been combining his expertise in web
technologies with an interest on security and data science. “

He once made a student cry - by praising his work.

Note: Please aim to arrive by 18:15 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt.

Andrew Back

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