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Tuesday, July 25 • 14:30 - 14:55
IMSI Catchers And The Happy Yellow Helicopter: Security Challenges At Standing Rock

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Geeks Without Bounds coordinated the Internet connectivity, radio support, and renewable power for the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline protest camps at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota from September 2016 to February 2017. Within hours of arriving at Standing Rock, Lisha Sterling discovered problems with her mobile phone, and that began an investigation into the various ways that cyberwarfare techniques were being used against protesters by a consortium of governmental and private security agencies. This talk includes photos and stories from Standing Rock about physical sabotage, IMSI catchers, airborne surveillance, and mystery devices which drain phone and car batteries instantly, along with lessons learned that can be used in a range of situations where activists face heavy-handed opposition.

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Myron Dewey

Owner, Digital Smoke Signals
MYRON DEWEY M.A, Founder and owner of Digital Smoke Signals, Dewey is Newe/Numah - Paiute/Shoshone from the Walker River Paiute Tribe, Agui Diccutta Band (Trout Eaters) and Temoke Shoshone. He is a professor, journalist, filmmaker/editor, digital storyteller, historical trauma... Read More →
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Lisha Sterling

Executive Director, Geeks Without Bounds
Lisha Sterling has been supporting open source technology in low resource situations for the past 8 years. Before that she worked as a software developer and systems administrator at the usual string of startups and big tech companies starting in 1993. In 2016 she went to Standing... Read More →

Tuesday July 25, 2017 14:30 - 14:55 PDT
Common Ground (Florentine F) 255 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169