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The talk will be divided as the following:
1. The lie: Wikileaks and free speech advocacy
Analysis of current situation and recent past in an international scope.
2. The truth: Surveillance, oppressive laws and huge fees
Analysis of recent cases of freedom of speech suppression in the country (lawsuits, fines, political pressure, surveillance).
Analysis of already published leaks proving attacks on freedom of speech, expression and personal privacy.
Analysis of government public discourse to legitimate such actions.
3. A new leak
A new leak will be published during the talk: a secret document providing strong evidence that the government of Ecuador is not interested in free speech at all - or even freedom itself.
Bethany Horne grew up in Ecuador. She worked there for the state newspaper, El Telégrafo, and later for the Free/Libre Open Knowledge Society, a research group operating out of a state university to develop policy for the Ecuadorian government. In 2013, she published a feature article in Newsweek magazine about Ecuador's oil drilling in the Amazon and human rights violations against local indigenous groups. As a result of this publication, she became a target of state surveillance. She now lives in Berlin.
Pedro Noel is co-editor at Associated Whistleblowing Press (AWP). Working on leaks since 2010, took part in more than 30 disclosures of leaked materials and performed analysis on leaked material denouncing wrongdoing and information of public interest in more than 15 countries. He is currently staff of Ecuador Transparente, a digital whistleblowing platform that in August 2015 published 31 pieces of secret information belonging to the Ecuadorian intelligence body.