Hosted by Stephanie Itimi, Seipod is a monthly podcast focusing on personal security, offering valuable insights to help BAME women overcome common cyber attacks and ramp up their personal security.
Ep.17 Operational Resilience w/ Pranathi Praveen
A resilient enterprise is able to recover its key business services from a significant unplanned disruption, protecting its customers, shareholders and ultimately the integrity of the financial system. Avoiding disruption to a particular system that supports a business service contributes to operational resilience.
Pranathi is an experienced technology risk and cyber consultant with demonstrated experience serving global financial services organizations. She works to support her clients navigate technology and operational risks, while helping clients create long-term value and achieve resilience. She is also heavily involved in the corporate sustainability and Diversity and Inclusion agendas.
Within the industry, Pranathi has been recognized as a TechWomen100 Winner (2019) by WeAreTechWomen and internally, as the EY Race & Ethnicity Network Rising Star (2020). Pranathi earned a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science from King’s College London. She is a Certified ISO 27001 Lead Implementor and holds the Certificate of Business Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
Ep.16 Online Activism and Counter-Surveillance #EndSars
In this episode we sit down with three Nigerian Cybersecurity Experts, Sophie, Eyitemi and Yomi to talk about the #EndSars Movement and also provide security tips on ways Online and Offline protestors in the movement can increase their privacy and counter surveillance.
What is the #EndSars Movement?
End SARS or #EndSARS is a decentralised social movement and series of mass protests against police brutality in Nigeria. The slogan calls for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious unit of the Nigerian Police with a long record of abuses. The protests which takes its name from the slogan started in 2017 as a Twittercampaign using the hashtag #ENDSARS to demand the disbanding of the unit by the Nigerian government. After experiencing a revitalisation in October 2020 following more revelations of the abuses of the unit, mass demonstrationsoccurred throughout the major cities of Nigeria, accompanied by vociferous outrage on social media platforms. About 28 million tweets bearing the hashtag have been accumulated on Twitter alone.
What happened on October 20th 2020?
On the night of 20 October 2020, at about 6:50 p.m, members of the Nigerian Armed Forces opened fire on peaceful End SARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria.
The number of casualties is still unknown. However, there have been complaints about missing persons (friends and family members), and a few were confirmed to be hospitalized. After visiting hospitalized casualties a day after the incident (21 October 2020), the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-olu, initially denied any loss of life by gunfire, but later admitted that two persons were killed. Amnesty International stated that at least 12 protesters were killed in what the organisation described as "extrajudicial executions".
HOW CAN PEOPLE HELP IN THE UK?
1. Partake in a protest (albeit at a social distance)
Protests will hit Britain starting from this weekend in London and across the country. Find out more at @endsarsuk , ensure social distancing measures and keep safe.
2. Write to your MP
Find out who your local MP is and send them a letter via the Write To Them website, urging them to condemn the brutality of Nigeria’s radical unrest.
3. Follow commendable sources (please factcheck)
4. Sign petitions
Ep.15 How Private is your Period App? w/ Laura Shipp
An investigation from privacy advocacy group Privacy International found that period-tracking apps downloaded by millions of users shared alarmingly sensitive data with Facebook and other third-parties, including users' drinking habits, medical symptoms, and when they last had sex. In this episode with expert Laura Shipp, we discuss the privacy issues with period apps, alternative solutions and way you can increase your privacy while using these apps.
Ep.14 Data Brokers: Who sells our Data & Why w/ Rob Shavell
When it comes to data-privacy scandals, Facebook and Google immediately spring to mind as the key culprits. These companies are the scapegoats whose shady data-privacy practices get plastered all over the news and lead to investigations, but there are other companies that operate away from the spotlight, unbeknownst to most internet users. In this episode, we discuss data brokers, the industry, skills needed for the industry and ways you can reduce your digital footprint online.
Rob, Abine CEO, co-founded Abine alongside Eugene and Andy and previously led Abine’s product and business development. Rob brought Abine’s core products to market, including DoNotTrackMe, which has protected the privacy of over 10 Million consumers and has been featured by hundreds of news outlets, including CNET, the Boston Globe, and the New York Times.
Prior to Abine, Rob was VP Product at Identity Force, an identity theft provider and co-founder of one of the first consumer group travel portals, "TravelTogether.com” and was an associate at Softbank Capital Partners (Boston) and Softbank / Mobius Venture Capital (Silicon Valley). Rob has a BA from Cornell University where he began his studies in the school of Architecture.
Abine is the online privacy company -- they make easy-to-use tools for consumers to control what personal information companies, third parties, and other people see about them online.
Ep.13 Gender Based Violence and Online Harms w/ Seyi Akiwowo
Globally, women are 27 times more likely to be harassed online. The online world is an extension or, in some ways, a mirror of offline realities and therefore violations of human rights and threats to our democracy also happen online. Over a third (34%) of Black, Asian or minority ethnic people (BAME) witnessed or experienced racial abuse in the seven months following the Brexit vote in June 2016, a TUC poll has found (1). Online abuse not only violates an individual’s right to live free from violence and to participate online but also undermines democratic exercises and good governance and, as such, creates a democratic deficit. In this episode we explore where the responsibility lies with online harms and where the future of research lies within this topic.
Seyi Akiwowo (Shay-ee Aki-wo-wo)is the Founder and Executive Director of Glitch, a young not-for-profit organisation determined to end online abuse through education, campaigns and advocacy. Using her lived experienced and expertise Seyi travels the globe developing practical solutions with Governments, NGOs and companies to protect our online public spaces from hate and abuse. Seyi was named UK's Digital Leader of the Year and in 2018, she was name Stylist Magazine’s Woman of the Week. Her many achievements have been captured in books such as Slay in Your Lane and Misogynation. Seyi is Amnesty International’s Human Rights Defender and is part of the #ToxicTwitter campaign to end online abuse against women.
Seyi was elected as the youngest black female Councillor in East London at age 23 and has had nine successful years working in politics and the charity and policy sectors both in the UK and Europe. She is also an expert facilitator in skills, political leadership and inclusion and delivers workshops around the world including London, Montenegro Kuwait and UAE. Seyi is also an inspirational speaker and writer and has written several critical pieces including for the Guardian and gives talks on widening the participation and representation of diverse groups in public life. She is a graduate from the London School of Economics, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and recently became a Fellow of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.
Ep.12 Technology-Assisted Domestic Abuse w/ Julia Slupska
Technology can be very helpful to survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking, but is also often misused by abusers to harass, threaten, coerce, monitor, exploit, and violate their victims. The resources below explore the extent and nature of technology-facilitated abuse. In this podcast we discuss with Julia Slupska to discuss how smart home devices can be a tool for domestic violence and ways we can improve the security around it.
Julia Slupska is a doctoral student at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cybersecurity and the Oxford Internet Institute. Her research focuses on how cybersecurity concepts and practices can address the technologically-mediated abuse. She is also exploring how feminist theories and methodology—such as participatory action research and the ethics of care—can improve cybersecurity. Previously, she completed the MSc in Social Science of the Internet on the role of metaphors in international cybersecurity policy. Before joining the OII, Julia worked on an LSE Law project on comparative regional integration and coordinated a course on Economics in Foreign Policy for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She also works as a freelance photographer.
DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity: https://hackblossom.org/cybersecurity/ (An easily accessible guide with free tools for improving digital security)
Gender and IoT Lab: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/steapp/research/digital-technologies-policy-laboratory/gender-and-iot (Research team looking at smart home devices and domestic abuse)
IPV Tech Research Lab: https://www.ipvtechresearch.org/ (Research team looking at computer security and intimate partner abuse)
Intimate partner abuse and domestic violence support services:
National Stalking Helpine: 0808 802 0300 https://www.suzylamplugh.org/pages/category/national-stalking-helpline
Women's Aid: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/
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