FROM THE STATE:
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Lokman Tsui is a geek and an activist, yet also an Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) where he researches free expression and internet policy. In addition, he is a Faculty Associate with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Before Lokman returned to academia, he was Google’s Head of Free Expression in Asia and the Pacific. He received his Ph.D degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where his award winning dissertation is a critical interrogation of how new technologies challenge us to rethink journalism. He was born and raised in the Netherlands and managed the unofficial website for filmmaker Wong Kar Wai for many years.
Masashi Crete-Nishihata is Research Manager at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. His research focuses on the technology, practices, and policies behind information controls such as Internet censorship and surveillance. Recent publications include work on multidisciplinary approaches to studying Internet censorship, espionage campaigns against civil society groups, and keyword censorship and surveillance on popular chat and social media platforms in China.
Moderator: Di To
Di To is a journalist and technology enthusiast, with a particular interest in pondering the ways in which technology affects us as individuals and society at large. Between jobs in the news industry, she worked for Microwave International New Media Arts Festival for a few years, and has continued to find herself lured into projects that engage with the arts, humanity and visions of our potential selfinduced doom.
TACTICS FOR COUNTER-
Stephanie Hankey is the Executive Director of the Tactical Technology Collective. She has worked worldwide to bring design and technology together with activism and campaigning for the past twenty years. She worked to develop and support early digital campaigning for the Open Society Foundation, until in 2003 she co-founded Tactical Tech, an organisation working worldwide to help activists, journalists and NGOs use digital technologies in the work. In 2011, she co-founded the creative design agency for advocacy, Tactical Studios, she is the co-author of the book Visualising Information for Advocacy and in 2013 she was awarded an Ashoka fellowship for her work as a social entrepreneur.
Prof. Ian Brown
Prof. Ian Brown is Professor of Information Security and Privacy at the Oxford Internet Institute. His research is focused on surveillance, privacy-enhancing technologies, and Internet regulation. He’s one of the most vocal and sharp critics of surveillance in the UK and beyond.
Daniel C. Howe is an artist and critical technologist whose work focuses on the social and political implications of networks and algorithms, specifically concerning privacy, surveillance, and human rights. He divides his time between New York and Hong Kong, where he teaches at the School of Creative Media.
Moderator: Dr. Steve Fore
Steve Fore works in the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong, where he has taught in areas of animation studies, culture and technology studies, “new” and “old” media theory and history, and surveillance studies. He has written extensively about contemporary independent animators, and on Hong Kong film and animation, including most recently an essay on the McDull series. His current research investigates the intersection of the politics of looking (and being looked at), digital labor, postfeminism, and Chinese inflections of neoliberalism in mainland live video streaming communities.