Privacy, online platforms & misinformation

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Q&A and discussion for the malware block, hosted and moderated by Lex Gill. Questions will be gathered from the audience during the four prior talks.


Cory Doctorow ,

Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction author, activist, and journalist. His latest book is ATTACK SURFACE, a standalone adult sequel to LITTLE BROTHER. He is also the author HOW TO DESTROY SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM, nonfiction about conspiracies and monopolies; and of RADICALIZED and WALKAWAY, science fiction for adults, a YA graphic novel called IN REAL LIFE; and young adult novels like HOMELAND, PIRATE CINEMA and LITTLE BROTHER. His first picture book was POESY THE MONSTER SLAYER (Aug 2020). He maintains a daily blog at Pluralistic.net. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, is a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Open University, a Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of North Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.

Roger Johnston , Ubisoft

Roger Johnston is a security specialist at Ubisoft and a member of Cognitive Security Collaborative. In 2020, Cognitive Security Collaborative set up the CTI League's disinformation team, and continues to work with groups around the world to bootstrap communities of disinformation responders.

His work involves security consulting, adversary emulation, and malware development. At Cognitive Security Collaborative he researches influence operation TTPs and develops mitigation strategies for the AMITT framework, performs red team exercises, and develops trainings.

Sara-Jayne Terp CEO, Bodacea Light Industries

Sara-Jayne “SJ” Terp is a data nerd with a long history of working on the hardest data problems she can find. Her background includes designing unmanned vehicle systems, transport, intelligence and disaster data systems with an emphasis on how humans and autonomous systems work together; developing crowdsourced advocacy tools, managing innovations, teaching data science to Columbia’s international development students, designing probabilistic network algorithms, working as a pyrotechnician, and CTO of the UN’s big data team. Her current interests are focused on misinformation mechanisms and counters; she founded Bodacea Light Industries to focus on this, worked with the Global Disinformation Index to create an independent disinformation rating system, and runs a Credibility Coalition working group on the application of information security principles to misinformation. SJ holds degrees in artificial intelligence and pattern analysis and neural networks.

Marie-Pier Villeneuve-Dubuc , Commissionnaires du Québec - Cybersecurity department (VYGL)

Marie-Pier Villeneuve-Dubuc is a student with a bachelor's degree in criminology from Université de Montréal. She is an intern from Commissionnaire du Québec in their cybersecurity department (VYGL). Marie-Pier also works with other cybersecurity organizations such as SERENE-RISC to help share knowledge about cybercrime and cybersecurity. Through her studies, she accomplished different research projects on cybercrimes, the dark web, and recently geopolitical issues such as political interference on the cyber surface. She intends on doing a master's degree focusing primarily on cybercrimes and their international matters.

Lex Gill ,

Lex Gill is a lawyer at a groundbreaking Montreal firm known for class actions and public interest litigation in areas like human rights, environmental law, and corporate accountability. She is also an affiliate at the Citizen Lab, where she supports the organization’s work on issues like freedom of expression, equality, and surveillance. Lex teaches part-time at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, and has worked for organizations that include the Supreme Court of Canada (as clerk to the Chief Justice), the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.