Sunshine Week: Surveillance, Privacy & Free Speech

Shahid Buttar

Electronic Frontier Foundation, Access Humboldt, and the Humboldt State University Library are collaborating with local media outlets this month to explore the frontiers of surveillance, privacy and free speech during a series of Sunshine Week events in Arcata and Eureka from March 16-21.

Shahid Buttar from the Electronic Frontier Foundation will be the keynote speaker for a forum on “Surveillance, Privacy and Free Speech” at the HSU Library on Monday, March 20, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Shahid Buttar is the director of grassroots advocacy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the event will feature practical workshops on topics including Web Browser Privacy Settings, Smartphone Encryption, Virtual Private Networking, Encryption and Security, Digital Rights Management and more.

Buttar graduated from Stanford Law School in 2003 and became immersed in the movement to stop the war in Iraq. He is a constitutional lawyer “focused on the intersection of community organizing and policy reform as a lever to shift legal norms, with roots in communities across the country resisting mass surveillance.”

From 2009 to 2015, he led the Bill of Rights Defense Committee as executive director, and he has also championed causes including campaign finance reform, marriage equality for same-sex couples, and combatting racial and religious profiling of Muslims.

Outside of work, Buttar also “DJs and produces electronic music, writes poetry and prose, kicks rhymes, organizes guerilla poetry insurgencies, plays capoeira, speaks truth to power on Truthout, occasionally elucidates legal scholarship, and documents counter-cultural activism for the Burning Man Journal.”