Barret Brown 

Barrett Brown @barrettbrown_ is a writer and anarchist activist. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Intercept, Al Jazeera, and dozens of other outlets. He founded Project PM, a think tank, assigned to oversee an investigation into the private espionage industry and the intelligence community. In 2011 and 2012, he worked with Anonymous on campaigns involving the Tunisian revolution, government misconduct, and other issues which resulted in his sentence to four years in federal prison. While imprisoned, he won the National Magazine Award for his column, “The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Prison.”

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While the United States is well-known for its draconian punishments for hackers, the United Kingdom is quietly following suit. Using examples from their own work, hackers, activists, and journalists discuss the legal framework which governs cyber crime on both sides of the Atlantic, and why we should all be worried.

Mustafa Al-Bassam, Jake Davis, Lauri Love, and Barrett Brown. Chair: Naomi Colvin