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Apple vs FBI – Encryption, Mass Surveillance, and Privacy Activism with Shahid Buttar

April 5, 2016
12:00PM - 03:30PM

Towne Building, Room 100
220 S. 33rd Street

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Speaker: Shahid Buttar

Categories: Seminar, Workshop

Lecture: 12:00PM-1:30PM, Towne Building, Room 100, 220 S. 33rd Street
Workshop: 2:00 PM–3.30PM, CGCS Office, 3901 Walnut Street, Suite 600, Philadelphia


As the Director of Grassroots Advocacy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Shahid Buttar has been at the forefront of privacy activism in the post-Snowden world. During his lecture, Shahid will discuss the recent controversy over encryption regarding Apple’s dispute with the FBI, the impending debate in Congress over mass surveillance, the effects of state and police surveillance on activists and communities of color. He will also introduce students and researchers to powerful and simple online privacy tools such as Signal, Privacy Badger, HTTPS Everywhere, and KeePassX.

A workshop following the lecture will include a screening of an episode from the new Pivot documentary series ‘Truth and Power’ followed by a conversation about activism.  Shahid will talk about his experience as an activist, the potentials and pitfalls of online vs. offline activism, and the ramifications of mass surveillance for activists around the world. To RSVP to the workshop, please email aesenler@asc.upenn.edu.


This event is co-sponsored by Penn for Privacy, a university-wide coalition focused on privacy matters.


Shahid Buttar is a constitutional lawyer focused on the intersection of community organizing and policy reform as a lever to shift legal norms, with roots in communities across the country resisting mass surveillance. Since graduating from Stanford Law School in 2003, Shahid worked in private practice promoting campaign finance reform and marriage equality for same-sex couples, built the communications team at the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy, and founded the program to combat racial & religious profiling at Muslim Advocates.