Cryptowars Déjà Vu: Controlling Exports of Tech

A session at SXSW Interactive 2013

Tuesday 12th March, 2013

9:30am to 10:30am (CST)

We now know that technology plays an important role in activism, allowing for ease of communication and the rallying of support, among other things. In the 2009 Iran protests and the current conflicts in Syria and Sudan, activists and citizen journalists have taken advantage of the wealth of tech available, but existing export controls nonetheless continue to prevent important communications technologies from reaching activists and dissidents.

These export controls—enacted by the Departments of Treasury and Commerce and detailed here—often hurt the very individuals they're meant to help, by restricting access for citizens while doing little to stop authoritarian regimes from getting ahold of products via third parties or on the black market.

This panel will offer perspectives on how technology companies can be proactive in ensuring equal access to communications technology for all of the world's citizens.

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Ahmed Ghappour

Clinical Instructor, The University of Texas at Austin

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Jillian York

Dir for Intl Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Sahar Sabet

student, University of Georgia

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Trevor Timm

Activist, Electronic Frontier Foundation

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  • ahmed ghappour
  • Dharmishta Rood
  • Dan Phiffer
  • Jillian C. York
  • Trevor Timm

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Time 9:30am10:30am CST

Date Tue 12th March 2013


Room 9ABC, Austin Convention Center

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