Haystack, a circumvention tool, emerged in the wake of the repression after the Iranian election of June 2009. After achieving considerable public prominence, its use and distribution was recently halted. Important questions have been raised about Haystack's effectiveness and security, as well as the roots of its reputation. Evgeny Morozov, who emerged as a leading critic of Haystack, and Daniel Calascione, who wrote the Haystack code, will discuss the Haystack experience and the lessons it carries for circumvention technologies and, more broadly, for the evaluation and political deployment of new information technologies.
Daniel Colascione co-founded the Censorship Research Center in June 2009 in the aftermath of the Iranian election and has had a lifelong interest in internet freedom and technological measures to mitigate censorship. He created the Haystack anti-censorship system and holds a BSc in Computer Science from the SUNY University at Buffalo.
Evgeny Morozov is a visiting scholar in the Liberation Technology Program at Stanford University and a Scwhartz fellow at the New America Foundation. He is also a blogger and contributing editor to Foreign Policy Magazine. He is a former Yahoo fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and a former fellow at the Open Society Institute, where he remains on the board of the Information Program. His book The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom will be published by PublicAffairs in early January 2011.