The Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas will be giving a DEF CON keynote address this year. Those attending this weekend’s hybrid event will have a unique opportunity to “engage” with the man who heads the department responsible for surveillance of immigrants, Muslims, Black activists, and other marginalized communities. We at EFF, as longtime supporters of the information security community and having stood toe-to toe with government agencies including DHS, have thoughts on areas where Secretary Mayorkas must address digital civil liberties and human rights. So we thought it prudent to suggest some questions you might ask.

If you’re less than optimistic about getting satisfying answers to these from the Secretary, here are some organizations who are actively working to protect the rights of people targeted by the Department of Homeland Security:


Learn more about EFF's virtual participation in DEF CON 29 including EFF Tech Trivia, our annual member shirt puzzle, and a special presentation with author and Special Advisor Cory Doctorow.