International Forum on Surveillance by Design


A one day public meeting on the development of global surveillance strategies for law enforcement and national security.

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The Old Theatre
The London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

Friday September 22, 2000 at 9.30 am

Hosted by the Department of Information Systems, The London School of Economics

Organised by Privacy International, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Quintessenz

Sponsored by Zero Knowledge Systems, Securify, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center

General Chair: Simon Davies

Admission : free

Communications surveillance is now a global business. Over the past three decades, law enforcement and national security agencies have worked with the private sector to ensure that all new forms of communications are capable of being monitored. A range of new international legal agreements provide the foundation for this activity.

Who are the key players in this new industry? What mechanisms are being developed to build surveillance into the architecture of communications? What forms of technology are being used to intercept communications - and to resist interception?

This unique one-day conference will explore these technical and legal questions, and provide a public forum for open discussion.


9.15 Chairman's welcome and introduction
9.25 Setting the landscape of engagement. A overview of the main players and key initiatives: Tony Bunyan (Statewatch)

Technique 1: Developing the Telephone System

  • An overview of global National Security arrangements: Steve Wright (Omega Foundation)
  • Re-Designing the Plain Old Telephone System: Barry Steinhardt (American Civil Liberties Union)
  • The International Law Enforcement Telecommunications Seminar: Tony Bunyan (Statewatch)

Technique 2: Re-Designing the Internet

  • The Russian SORM system; Boris Pustinsev (Citizens Watch, Russia)
  • The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act
  • The Netherlands interception arrangements: Maurice Wessling (Bits of Freedom)
  • Unlawful conduct and the FBI Carnivore system
  • International Collaboration (G8, Council of Europe)
  • Global Protocols: IETF (invited), ETSI (invited)
11.30 BREAK

Technique 3: (De)Constructing Mobile Phone Security

  • GSM surveillance techniques
  • UMTS surveillance techniques: Erich Moechel (Quintessenz, Austria)
1.00 LUNCH

Technique 4: Imminent Technologies

  • Convergence
  • Mobile Telephony
  • Advanced Services of UMTS (location tracking, interactive services)
  • Bluetooth implications
  • Infrastructures of Identity
  • Privacy Risks of Public Key Infrastructures: Stefan Brands (ZeroKnowledge)
3.15 BREAK
3.45 Fighting for Privacy
  Industry Perspectives: Peter Harter (Securify), Stephanie Perrin (ZeroKnowledge Systems)
  Legislative and Constitutional Protections

Technical Countermeasures:

  • Secure telephony: Eric Blossom (Starium)
  • Secure internet communications: ZeroKnowledge

Action Plan

  • Human Rights Organisations -- Simon Davies (PI)
  • Industry Action
  • Action through media

    Places are strictly limited in number, so anyone wishing to attend should email the conference chair, Simon Davies, at

    Telephone enquiries : 020 7955 6579

    Organising Committee: Simon Davies (PI , LSE), Erich Moechel (Quintessenz), Barry Steinhardt (ACLU), Ian Brown (UCL, Hidden Footprints), Stephanie Perrin (ZKS), Gus Hosein (LSE).

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