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Christopher Soghoian

Senior Technologist & Senior Advisor for Privacy and Cybersecurity for the Office of Senator Ron Wyden

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Christopher Soghoian Biography

Dubbed the "Ralph Nader of the Internet" by Wired and one of Politico's top "thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics," 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."

Soghoian is the Senior Technologist and Senior Advisor for Privacy & Cybersecurity in the office of Senator Ron Wyden. He was previously a TechCongress Innovation Fellow. Between 2012 and 2016, Soghoian was the Principal Technologist with the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. Before that, he was a technologist in the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Division on Privacy and Identity Protection. He is a TED Senior Fellow.

Through his research and advocacy, Soghoian has exposed the US government's use of StingRay cell phone surveillance technology, the FBI's impersonation of journalists, and the FBI's use of malware. Soghoian has testified before the European Parliament, the German Parliament, and state legislatures in Texas, Washington and Michigan. Soghoian's research has been cited by several Federal and state courts, including by the D.C., 7th, 9th, and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, and the State Supreme Courts of New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Soghoian completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2012, which focused on the role that Internet and telephone companies play in enabling government surveillance of their customers.

Speaking Topics
  • The Global Trade in Cyber Weapons

    Over the past two years, the public has started to learn about the shadowy trade in software security exploits. Rather than disclosing these flaws to software vendors like Google and Microsoft who will then fix them, security researchers can now sell them for six figures to governments who then use them for interception, espionage, and cyber war. These flaws are only useful for their intended purpose if software vendors remain in the dark about them, and if fixes never reach the general public. As such, the very existence of government stockpiles of software security flaws, whether for law enforcement, espionage, or military operations means that government agencies are exposing consumers, businesses, and other government agencies to exploitable security flaws which could otherwise be fixed.

    What should be done, if anything, about this part of the security industry? Are researchers who sell exploits simply engaging in legitimate free speech that should be protected? Or, are they engaging in the sale of digital arms in a global market that should be regulated?

  • The FBI Is Controlling Your Webcam: Examining the Use of Hacking by Law Enforcement Agencies

    By now, it is no secret that the U.S. government is in the hacking business. However, these capabilities are not limited to nation state attacks against Iran and China. They extend to law enforcement, too. The FBI now has a unit solely focused on hacking into the computers and mobile phones of surveillance targets. The software used by this unit can surreptitiously enable a computer's webcam; collect real-time location data; and copy emails, web browsing records, and other documents. And although the FBI has been an early adopter of this kind of surveillance technology, other law enforcement agencies are not far behind. Soon, local police will also have software capable of allowing them to hack into the phones and computers of suspected criminals.

    While politicians are clearly scared about hacks from China, our own law enforcement agencies are also in the hacking business too. What does this mean for the current, heated debate about cybersecurity and our ability to communicate securely?

  • Can You Hear Me Now? Law Enforcement Surveillance of Internet and Mobile Communications

    Internet and telephone companies now play an essential role in enabling modern surveillance by law enforcement agencies. The police merely select the individuals to be monitored, while the actual surveillance is performed by third parties: often the same email providers, search engines, and telephone companies to whom consumers have entrusted their private data.

    Although assisting Big Brother has become a routine part of business, the true scale of law enforcement surveillance has long been shielded from the general public, Congress, and the courts. However, recent disclosures by wireless communications carriers reveal that the companies now receive approximately one and a half million requests from U.S. law enforcement agencies per year. When automated, industrial-scale surveillance is increasingly the norm, is communications privacy a thing of the past? For those of us who would like to keep our private information out of government databases, what options exist, and which tools and services are the best?

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    Speaking fees for Christopher Soghoian, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Christopher Soghoian are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Christopher Soghoian, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Christopher Soghoian speak about?

    Christopher Soghoian is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Cybersecurity, Education, Political Speakers, Science and Technology, TED.
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    Christopher Soghoian generally travels from Washington, DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Christopher Soghoian’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Christopher Soghoian for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Christopher Soghoian for your next private or corporate function.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Christopher Soghoian or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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Christopher Soghoian Biography

Dubbed the "Ralph Nader of the Internet" by Wired and one of Politico's top "thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics," 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."

Soghoian is the Senior Technologist and Senior Advisor for Privacy & Cybersecurity in the office of Senator Ron Wyden. He was previously a TechCongress Innovation Fellow. Between 2012 and 2016, Soghoian was the Principal Technologist with the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. Before that, he was a technologist in the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Division on Privacy and Identity Protection. He is a TED Senior Fellow.

Through his research and advocacy, Soghoian has exposed the US government's use of StingRay cell phone surveillance technology, the FBI's impersonation of journalists, and the FBI's use of malware. Soghoian has testified before the European Parliament, the German Parliament, and state legislatures in Texas, Washington and Michigan. Soghoian's research has been cited by several Federal and state courts, including by the D.C., 7th, 9th, and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, and the State Supreme Courts of New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Soghoian completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2012, which focused on the role that Internet and telephone companies play in enabling government surveillance of their customers.

Christopher Soghoian Speaking Topics

  • The Global Trade in Cyber Weapons

    Over the past two years, the public has started to learn about the shadowy trade in software security exploits. Rather than disclosing these flaws to software vendors like Google and Microsoft who will then fix them, security researchers can now sell them for six figures to governments who then use them for interception, espionage, and cyber war. These flaws are only useful for their intended purpose if software vendors remain in the dark about them, and if fixes never reach the general public. As such, the very existence of government stockpiles of software security flaws, whether for law enforcement, espionage, or military operations means that government agencies are exposing consumers, businesses, and other government agencies to exploitable security flaws which could otherwise be fixed.

    What should be done, if anything, about this part of the security industry? Are researchers who sell exploits simply engaging in legitimate free speech that should be protected? Or, are they engaging in the sale of digital arms in a global market that should be regulated?

  • The FBI Is Controlling Your Webcam: Examining the Use of Hacking by Law Enforcement Agencies

    By now, it is no secret that the U.S. government is in the hacking business. However, these capabilities are not limited to nation state attacks against Iran and China. They extend to law enforcement, too. The FBI now has a unit solely focused on hacking into the computers and mobile phones of surveillance targets. The software used by this unit can surreptitiously enable a computer's webcam; collect real-time location data; and copy emails, web browsing records, and other documents. And although the FBI has been an early adopter of this kind of surveillance technology, other law enforcement agencies are not far behind. Soon, local police will also have software capable of allowing them to hack into the phones and computers of suspected criminals.

    While politicians are clearly scared about hacks from China, our own law enforcement agencies are also in the hacking business too. What does this mean for the current, heated debate about cybersecurity and our ability to communicate securely?

  • Can You Hear Me Now? Law Enforcement Surveillance of Internet and Mobile Communications

    Internet and telephone companies now play an essential role in enabling modern surveillance by law enforcement agencies. The police merely select the individuals to be monitored, while the actual surveillance is performed by third parties: often the same email providers, search engines, and telephone companies to whom consumers have entrusted their private data.

    Although assisting Big Brother has become a routine part of business, the true scale of law enforcement surveillance has long been shielded from the general public, Congress, and the courts. However, recent disclosures by wireless communications carriers reveal that the companies now receive approximately one and a half million requests from U.S. law enforcement agencies per year. When automated, industrial-scale surveillance is increasingly the norm, is communications privacy a thing of the past? For those of us who would like to keep our private information out of government databases, what options exist, and which tools and services are the best?

Christopher Soghoian Videos

  • Christopher Soghoian: Government surveillance - this is just the beginning

FAQs on booking Christopher Soghoian

  • How do I book Christopher Soghoian to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Christopher Soghoian for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Christopher Soghoian, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Christopher Soghoian or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Christopher Soghoian

    Speaking fees for Christopher Soghoian, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Christopher Soghoian are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Christopher Soghoian, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Christopher Soghoian speak about?

    Christopher Soghoian is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Cybersecurity, Education, Political Speakers, Science and Technology, TED.
  • Where does Christopher Soghoian travel from?

    Christopher Soghoian generally travels from Washington, DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Christopher Soghoian’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Christopher Soghoian for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Christopher Soghoian for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Christopher Soghoian or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Christopher Soghoian is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Global Trade in Cyber Weapons, The FBI Is Controlling Your Webcam: Examining the Use of Hacking by Law Enforcement Agencies and Can You Hear Me Now? Law Enforcement Surveillance of Internet and Mobile Communications. The estimated speaking fee range to book Christopher Soghoian for your event is available upon request. Christopher Soghoian generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mikko Hypponen, Peter van Manen, Bernard Marr, Adam Mosseri and Denise Zheng. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Christopher Soghoian for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Christopher Soghoian Speaking Topics

  • The Global Trade in Cyber Weapons

    Over the past two years, the public has started to learn about the shadowy trade in software security exploits. Rather than disclosing these flaws to software vendors like Google and Microsoft who will then fix them, security researchers can now sell them for six figures to governments who then use them for interception, espionage, and cyber war. These flaws are only useful for their intended purpose if software vendors remain in the dark about them, and if fixes never reach the general public. As such, the very existence of government stockpiles of software security flaws, whether for law enforcement, espionage, or military operations means that government agencies are exposing consumers, businesses, and other government agencies to exploitable security flaws which could otherwise be fixed.

    What should be done, if anything, about this part of the security industry? Are researchers who sell exploits simply engaging in legitimate free speech that should be protected? Or, are they engaging in the sale of digital arms in a global market that should be regulated?

  • The FBI Is Controlling Your Webcam: Examining the Use of Hacking by Law Enforcement Agencies

    By now, it is no secret that the U.S. government is in the hacking business. However, these capabilities are not limited to nation state attacks against Iran and China. They extend to law enforcement, too. The FBI now has a unit solely focused on hacking into the computers and mobile phones of surveillance targets. The software used by this unit can surreptitiously enable a computer's webcam; collect real-time location data; and copy emails, web browsing records, and other documents. And although the FBI has been an early adopter of this kind of surveillance technology, other law enforcement agencies are not far behind. Soon, local police will also have software capable of allowing them to hack into the phones and computers of suspected criminals.

    While politicians are clearly scared about hacks from China, our own law enforcement agencies are also in the hacking business too. What does this mean for the current, heated debate about cybersecurity and our ability to communicate securely?

  • Can You Hear Me Now? Law Enforcement Surveillance of Internet and Mobile Communications

    Internet and telephone companies now play an essential role in enabling modern surveillance by law enforcement agencies. The police merely select the individuals to be monitored, while the actual surveillance is performed by third parties: often the same email providers, search engines, and telephone companies to whom consumers have entrusted their private data.

    Although assisting Big Brother has become a routine part of business, the true scale of law enforcement surveillance has long been shielded from the general public, Congress, and the courts. However, recent disclosures by wireless communications carriers reveal that the companies now receive approximately one and a half million requests from U.S. law enforcement agencies per year. When automated, industrial-scale surveillance is increasingly the norm, is communications privacy a thing of the past? For those of us who would like to keep our private information out of government databases, what options exist, and which tools and services are the best?

Christopher Soghoian Speaker Videos

  • Christopher Soghoian: Government surveillance - this is just the beginning

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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