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    Emma Best & Xan North - Leak The Planet: Veritatem cognoscere non pereat mundus


    Emma Best, Distributed Denial of Secrets, She/Her
    Xan North, Distributed Denial of Secrets, They/Them

    Presentation Title: Leak The Planet: Veritatem cognoscere non pereat mundus
    Length of presentation: 45 Minutes

    As leaks become more prevalent, they come from an increasing variety of sources: from data that simply isn't secured, to insiders, to hacktivists, and even occassional state-actors (both covert and overt). Often treated as a threat, when handled responsibly leaks are a necessary part of the ecosystem of a healthy and free society and economy. In spite of prosecutors' love of prosecution, the eternal fixation with Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt and DDoSecrets' apocalyptic motto, leaks won't destroy the world - they can only save it.

    In this presentation, we'll discuss the necessity and evolution of leaks, and how various types of leaks and sources can offer different sorts of revelations. We'll then explore how we can responsibly handle different types of leaks even during volatile and politically charged situations, as well as past failures.

    We'll also debunk the myth that hacktivism is just a cover for state actors by exploring examples of entities with state ties and how they were identified, as well as how both hacktivists and state actors have been misidentified or mishandled in the past.

    Finally, we'll discuss some of the lessons activists, newsrooms and governments can learn from the last decade, and where we should collectively go from here.

    Speaker Bio(s):
    Emma Best is the co-founder of Distributed Denial of Secrets, a 501(c)(3) transparency non-profit sometimes referred to as a successor to WikiLeaks which has published leaks from over 50 countries. Previously, she has filed thousands of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, helped push the Central Intelligence Agency to publish 13 million pages of declassified files online, and written hundreds of articles. More importantly, she's the proud mom of two cats, a human and many Pokémon.
    @NatSecGeek, https://emma.best

    Xan North is a member of Distributed Denial of Secrets, a 501(c)(3) transparency non-profit sometimes referred to as a successor to WikiLeaks which has published leaks from over 50 countries. They have worked extensively in antifascist, anti-racist, and pro-choice activism and previously ran the Jeremy Hammond Support Committee for seven years and provided prisoner support to other associates of Anonymous.
    @brazendyke

    References:
    Leaker, Liar, Hacker, Hoaxer: The Russian contractor who infiltrated Anonymous https://emma.best/2019/03/20/the-rus...ted-anonymous/
    How an FBI informant orchestrated the Stratfor hack https://www.dailydot.com/debug/hammo...stratfor-hack/
    Thus Spoke Guccifer 2.0 https://enlacehacktivista.org/index....ccifer_2.0.pdf
    Hacking History https://www.muckrock.com/project/hacking-history-419/
    Counterpoints:
    Hacktivism and State-Sponsored Knock-Offs | Attributing Deceptive Hack-and-Leak Operations https://www.sentinelone.com/labs/hac...ak-operations/

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