Heads up DEF CON! The future of hacking, cybersecurity, and human rights are at risk as the United Nations negotiates a draft UN cybercrime treaty that has the potential to substantively reshape anti-hacking laws around the world. The proposed Treaty could change the game for security researchers and coders like you. With Russia and China playing an initial role in pushing for this treaty, the future of security researchers’ rights could be at risk.
Join us as we deep dive into the murky waters of these negotiations, exploring its risks for security and human rights, including the universal criminalization of network and device intrusion without any protections for legitimate security research. The lack of a legal shield for security researchers could hinder bug bounties, responsible vulnerability disclosure, and pen-testing. We'll discuss the geopolitical complexities and the vital role you can play.
EFF has been on the front lines in Vienna, attending the negotiations and representing the interests of our members since the start, and we need your help. Your insights and experiences are crucial. Together we will review the text, and identify new challenges that you may face to hear directly the community concerns. Let’s champion together a future where security research and human rights can thrive!
Katitza Rodriguez is EFF's Policy Director for Global Privacy. She concentrates on comparative policy of global privacy issues, with special emphasis on cross-border data flows and emerging technology. Katitza's work also focuses on cybersecurity and government access to data held by the private sector at the intersection of international human rights law and standards. In 2018, CNET named Katitza one of the 20 most influential Latinos in technology in the United States.
Bill Budington is a Senior Staff Technologist on EFF's Public Interest Technology team. Their research has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and cited by the US Congress. They are the lead developer of Cover Your Tracks.