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Book Launch – The Open Empowerment Era: From Digital Protest to Cyber War

Next month, The SecDev Foundation will launch its upcoming Book, The Open Empowerment Era: From Digital Protest to Cyber War, at London’s Chatham House.

As part of the launch, three contributors to the book will participate in a special research event entitled When Violence Goes Virtual: Open Empowerment in Latin America. The event will present findings from our Open Empowerment Initiative, and feature SecDev Foundation directors Rafal Rohozinski and Robert Muggah, as well as author Misha Glenny.

The expansion of the internet and social media is generating far-reaching transformations in Latin America. With almost half of Latin Americans now online, connectivity in the region is expanding faster than in any other part of the world. Enterprising criminal groups, street gangs and drug cartels are increasingly using online platforms and the deep web to organize and advertise their activities, recruit members and intimidate authorities and citizens. The region also features disturbingly high rates of credit card fraud and identity theft.

Public authorities are struggling to keep up. International organizations are trying to bolster government capacities to respond, while states themselves are investing heavily in legislation and capabilities to monitor this promising, yet volatile space. In the process, the cyber commons are becoming increasingly securitized. The focus is now on how to balance the right to personal privacy with the need for public security.

The Open Empowerment Initiative combined novel big data analytics and field research to tell the story of how crime and violence are going virtual. It also examined how governments and civil societies are fighting back, and the wider implications for civil liberties and digital freedom.

The Chatham House event will be held on 11 December 2015 at Chatham House in London from 13:00 to 14:00 GMT.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only. For more information on attending please contact Nilza Amaral.


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