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US Whistleblower Dumped From Oz Cybersecurity Event

An American whistleblower and a privacy researcher have been gagged from addressing a Government-backed cybersecurity event in Melbourne.

Thomas Drake and Suelette Dreyfus of the University of Melbourne were both told their talks were “incongruent” with CyberCon, despite being invited to speak months earlier.

Drake’s presentation was to address national security and surveillance, while Dreyfus planned to explore the use of safe digital drop-boxes for anti-corruption whistleblowing.

According to an ABC report, Drake – a former National Security Agency (NSA) operative – brought to light concerns about internal agency waste and surveillance in the mid-2000s. But he received notice about the CyberCon decision shortly before boarding a plane to Australia.

The conference is supported by – among others – the Government’s Australian Cyber Security Centre, which coordinates Australia’s cybersecurity response. It is also part of the Australian Signals Directorate security agency.

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