Date: Tuesday, September 06, 2022 12:00 PM
Dave Maass


  • Dave Maass (Electronic Frontier Foundation, University of Nevada, Reno)


The public, at least in the West, has held fairly static understandings of the concepts of "Freedoms" and "Civil Liberties" for the last few decades, if not centuries. Whether we're talking about the United States' Bill of Rights or the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, there has been somewhat tacit agreement on the values of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, as well as newer ideas like freedom of information and freedom of movement.

In recent years, these ideas have begun to change and come into conflict with the rise of advanced technologies, be it state surveillance or massive social media platforms. For example, how do we both support free expression in an age of online harassment and rampant disinformation? Meanwhile, novel rights, such as the right to be forgotten, have begun to emerge. New questions arise as well: such as how much privacy should people have when walking around in public? Is access to the internet, as Mark Zuckerberg claimed, a human right?

In this conversation and talk, Electronic Frontier Foundation Director of Investigations Dave Maass will explore some of the conflicts, contradictions and challenges facing society today and in the near future, and how concepts of freedom are adapting. While there may be no immediate solutions, especially not ones for which policymakers will find consensus, the first step is always exploration and discussion.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, September 6 2022 12pm (JST) | 11pm U.S. (EST) | 8pm (PT) - September 5 2022


Kyle Cleveland, ICAS Co-Director


Advance Registration Required:

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This event is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Dave Maass


Dave Maass is Director of Investigations at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a scholar in residence at the University of Nevada, Reno Reynolds School of Journalism. He specializes in police surveillance, freedom of information, and technology at the U.S.-Mexico border. His work on incarceration has been used to support civil rights lawsuits, detention system reform, and state legislation. Prior to joining EFF in 2013, he was a journalist for more than a decade. He was an undergraduate student at Temple University Japan in 1999-2000 and received an M.A. in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester in 2004.