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International Conference

A collaboration of the Center for Cyber, Law and Policy (CCLP), University of Haifa & the Cyber Law Program, International Cyber Security Research Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

When: December 12, 2017

Where: Univesity of Haifa, Ofer Observatory, Eshkol Tower, 29th Floor

 In recent years, the digital ecosystem has become an arena for hostile cyber activities on the part of states, terror organizations and independent or semi-independent hackers, affecting the interests of individuals, organizations and states. At the same, powerful public and private entities are able to exercise broad powers of surveillance, information collection and manipulation of software and hardware, and can utilize such powers for nefarious ends. This emerging scene, which is under-regulated, creates new threats to civil liberties and human rights. Can existing international law and domestic law instruments and institutions sufficiently address the new threats to civil liberties and human rights?

This conference aims to bring together an international group of established and young scholars who are studying cybersecurity and its ramifications for civil liberties and human rights. The conference will offer an opportunity to present cutting-edge research addressing these issues, to introduce new projects and thought-provoking initiatives, and to promote exchange among participants that will inform their ongoing research.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Gabriella Blum, Harvard Law School

Gabriella Blum is the Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Harvard Law School, specializing in public international law, international negotiations, the law of armed conflict, and counterterrorism. She is also the Faculty Director of the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC) and a member of the Program on Negotiation Executive Board.


Mr. Roger Dingledine

Roger Dingledine is an MIT-trained American computer scientist known for having co- founded the Tor Project. A student of mathematics, computer science and electrical engineering, Dingledine is also known by the pseudonym “arma”, and as of December 2016, he continues in a leadership role with the Tor project, as a Project Leader, Director and Research Director.


Prof. Rachel Greenstadt

Prof. Greenstadt is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Drexel University, where she researches the privacy and security properties of intelligent systems and the economics of electronic privacy and information security. Her work is at "layer 8" of the network—analyzing the content. She runs the Privacy, Security, and Automation Laboratory (PSAL) which is a vibrant group of ten researchers.


8:30-9:00 Welcome and Coffee

 9:00: Greetings

 9:15-10:30 Privacy in the Age of Dataveillance

Moderator: Tal Zarsky, University of Haifa

Privacy and the Defense of the Self (Abstract)

  • David Gray, University of Maryland School of Law

Protecting Human Rights in an Age of Surveillance: Collective Rights and Collective Remedies (Abstract)

The Technological Drama Within the Information Sphere: Privacy versus Surveillance (Abstract)

 10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

 10:45-12:15 Corporate Accountability for Protecting Human Rights in Cyberspace

Moderator: Orly Friedman Marton, Microsoft Israel

A Transnational Business Model to Improve Human Rights, Speech, and Security on the Internet (Abstract)

The Role of Non-State Actors and Corporations in Shaping Online Enforcement  (Abstract)

Algorithmic Challenges to Autonomous Choice (Abstract)

Social Network Sites, Human Rights, and Public Law (Abstract)

 12:15-12:30 Coffee Break

12:30-13:30 Keynote: Prof. Gabriella Blum, Harvard Law School

The Future of Violence

Commentator: Itamar Mann-Kanowitz, University of Haifa

 13:30-14:30 Lunch

 14:30-16:00 Big Data & Human Rights

Moderator: Tammy Harel Ben Shahar, University of Haifa

Big Data and the Right to Have Rights (Abstract)

Bail or Jail? Judicial versus Algorithmic Decision Making in the Pretrial System (Abstract)

Reshaping Ability Grouping through Big Data (Abstract)

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

 16:30-18:30 Tor: Internet privacy in the age of big surveillance

Keynote: Roger Dingledine, TOR Project

Moderator: Eldar Haber, University of Haifa


Orr Dunkelmann, University of Haifa

Niva Elkin-Koren, University of Haifa

18:30 Reception


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