Thursday, August 2 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Talk: No Retreat, No Surrender! The Battle for the Internet

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Over 2 billion people cannot access international media platforms, secure messaging tools, Wikipedia, social justice and women's health information online due to various forms of Internet censorship. Internet surveillance and network filtering infrastructure is growing in sophistication and adoption. Is this the swan song for the Internet once promised?

The decentralized web offers new opportunities for users living in countries that heavily filter the Internet. Peer to peer routing and distributed storage give leverage over current censorship circumvention 'cat and mouse' techniques. They can also provide temporary relief during Internet shutdowns or the establishment of national intranets. Building on the relative success of P2P file sharing networks, we propose its usage for web browsing in the https://censorship.no project. Decentralized routing and storage would help circumvent most current network restrictions and reduce network access costs for people living in countries that tier national / international traffic.

Can the decentralized web free us from walled gardens and challenge the encroaching status quo of government approved content?


Lai Yi Ohlsen

Technical Projects Coordinator, eQualit.ie
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Ivan Vilata-i-Balaguer

Ivan Vilata-i-Balaguer is a member of eQualitie, a company that develops open and reusable systems with a focus on privacy, online security, and information management. He works on the development of technologies enabling unfettered access to the World Wide Web for netizens operating in... Read More →
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Dmitri Vitaliev

Founder and Director, eQualit.ie
Dmitri is the founder and director of eQualit.ie with fifteen years experience working on digital security and privacy technology with civil society organizations. He has led and participated in missions to over 40 countries, and is a recognized expert on technology training and organizational... Read More →

Thursday August 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
[M] Wayback Ballroom 88 5th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

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