Ethical Duties in the Digital Age: Encryption Done Dirt Cheap

May 18th | 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. | Beanfield Centre, Room 206A

All attorneys participating in the 2018 RightsCon Toronto conference, are invited to attend Access Now’s first Minimum Continuing Legal Education / Continuing Professional Development course “Ethical Duties in the Digital Age: Encryption Done Dirt Cheap.”

Speakers will engage participants in an interactive workshop on how to protect information particularly given rise of cybersecurity breaches. The panel discussion will examine:

  • The importance of encryption and other data security strategies to help lawyers protect confidential information;
  • Lawyers’ ethical responsibility to protect confidential information and state bar association decisions that examine the use of encryption;
  • Practical skills for encrypting information; and
  • The do’s and don’ts of attorney’s information management practices.

This course is CPD accredited by the Law Society of Ontario and CLE approved by the California State Bar Association. NY State attorneys will receive CLE credits through the New York State Bar Association Approved Jurisdiction policy. Pursuant to this policy, bar associations from different jurisdictions may recognizes this course’s CPD / CLE credits.

Speakers’ biographies

Sarah McKune

Sarah McKune is Senior Legal Advisor to the Citizen Lab at Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. She is a lawyer with a background in international human rights law. Her areas of expertise include targeted digital threats against civil society organizations, methods to control the dissemination of commercial spyware and other dual-use technologies (including export controls), and international cyber security initiatives. Prior to joining the Citizen Lab, she worked for four years at the nongovernmental organization Human Rights in China (HRIC), where she focused much of her efforts on international advocacy.

She was the principal drafter and researcher of the HRIC whitepaper Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights: The Impact of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Her previous experience also includes work as a litigation associate at the New York office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, and teaching English in China. Sarah obtained her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002, and her B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University in 1999. She is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

Peter Micek

Peter Micek leads the Access Now policy team's business and human rights work, advocating for a more rights-respecting telecom and tech sector. He also teaches a course at Columbia University on internet policy and governance. A lawyer by training, Peter completed a JD cum laude at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and in 2010 published "A Genealogy of Home Visits," critiquing surveillance of at-risk communities. As a law student, Peter defended independent journalists and engaged in Freedom of Information litigation at First Amendment Project. For five years, in his native San Francisco, Peter led youth and ethnic media development at New America Media, and was Web Editor at KALW's daily radio program Your Call. Peter studied political science and journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He is licensed by the state bars of California and New York, and has no cats.

David Huerta

David Huerta is a Digital Security Fellow at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, where he’s working on methods to train journalists to take advantage of privacy-enhancing technology to empower a free press. He’s co-organized dozens of trainings across the US, including one at the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of Laura Poitras’s Astro Noise exhibition in 2016. He’s also spoken on the subject of usable privacy technology at DEF CON, Radical Networks, Rightscon and random cocktail bars.


4:00 p.m. - 4:05 p.m

Panelist Introduction

4:05 p.m. - 4: 40 p.m.

Digital Espionage, Civil Society, and Commercial Spyware – Sarah Mckune, Esq, Senior Legal Advisor, Citizenlab

4:35 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.

Secure Lawyering, Done Dirt Cheap – Peter Micek, Esq., General Counsel, Access Now

5:10 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Practical Skills: How to protect your data – David Huerta, Digital Security Fellow, Freedom of the Press Foundation

5:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Q & A Session

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