Could a hacker, stalker or government agent be controlling the webcam in your computer' They might be. Christopher Soghoian can tell what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from this and other privacy threats.
Described by Wired Magazine as the “Ralph Nader of the Internet” and one of Politico Magazine's top "thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics," Dr. Christopher Soghoian is “the most prominent of a new breed of activist technology researchers” (The Economist), “who have risen to prominence by showing how tedious technical flaws can affect ordinary people.”
Driven by the knowledge of how cyber security flaws can be exploited by governments and criminals, Soghoian has a history of taking exceptional measures to expose surveillance programs and advocate for the adoption of technical solutions that can protect us all.
In just the past few years, Soghoian has exposed existence and use of “StingRays”, a military-grade surveillance technology now used by the FBI and police across America to track cell phones. He has revealed the existence of a dedicated hacking unit within the FBI capable of remotely activating webcams and microphones in computers and mobile phones. He also revealed how the FBI had impersonated the Associated Press in an effort to hack into one target’s computer.
Soghoian’s research and activism has forced government agencies and corporations to improve their cybersecurity practices, as well as spurring several important national debates around privacy, cybersecurity and surveillance related issues. Indeed, citing Soghoian’s research on government surveillance of cell phones, one prominent federal judge observed that “1984 may have come a bit later than predicted, but it’s here at last.”
In a world where data is power, Soghoian shines light into the cracks in ever-developing government and corporate practices that threaten our personal information, our personal freedoms, and our overall security. For his audiences, the "direct, confident, focused and unwavering" (Wired) Soghoian also lays out precautionary, actionable steps to temper privacy risks.
Soghoian is the Principal Technologist with the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, and is also a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project. He was previously the first in-house technical advisor to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection.
Soghoian is a TED Senior Fellow, and was previously an Open Society Foundations Fellow and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He has been recognized as a “Tech Titan” by Washingtonian Magazine, a top innovator under 35 by the MIT Technology Review, and an “Engineering Hero” by IEEE Spectrum. He holds a Ph.D. in Informatics from Indiana University and a M.S. in Security Informatics from The Johns Hopkins University.
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