MEETUP WEDNESDAY: #Surveillance, #Cybersecurity, and the Future of the Internet @isocny @isocdc #privacy #nsa #prism

Surveillance, Cybersecurity, and the Future of the InternetNext Wednesday July 24 2013 from 11am-5.30pm the Internet Society’s New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) will be joining together with the Internet Society’s North America Bureau to present Surveillance, Cybersecurity, and the Future of the Internet – linked events in both cities to discuss the recent revelations on surveillance, and to consider their effect on not only Internet users, but also the future development of the Internet itself. The NYC presentations will be from 11am-1pm at the IMC Lab in Chelsea. The DC forum, known as INET DC, will be from 2pm-5.30pm at George Washington University. For the entire event there will be a skype link between the two locations, which will also be webcast on separate livestream channels. Further remote participation will be available via the respective livestream chats.  No registration is needed for the webcasts. No live captions, sorry. Admission is to the locations is open to the public and free, please register at the links below.

What: Surveillance, Cybersecurity, and the Future of the Internet
Where: NYC and Washington DC
When: Wednesday July 24 2013 from 11am-5.30pm EDT | 1500-2330 UTC
Twitter: #surveillance, #isocny, #inetdc

New York (Presentations 11am-1pm)
Where: IMC Lab + Gallery, 56 W. 22nd St. 6th floor NYC
Register: or email
-The Changing Threat Landscape – Tom Brennan, OWASP
-Helping At-Risk Populations: Whistleblowers and Dissidents – Jochai Ben Avie, Access
-New Immersive Technologies, New Threats – Ellen Pearlman, Volumetric Society

Washington (Forum 2pm-5.30pm)
Where: George Washington University – Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom
Press release:
-Paul Brigner, Regional Bureau Director, North America, Internet Society
-John Curran, President & CEO, American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
-Laura DeNardis, Professor, American University School of Communications
-Leslie Harris, President & CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology;
-Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies
-Lance Hoffman, Distinguished Research Professor, The George Washington University;
-Randy Marchany, IT Security Officer, Virginia Tech
-Steve Roberts, J.B. and M.C. Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs,The George Washington University
-Lynn St. Amour, President & CEO, Internet Society
-Daniel Weitzner, Director, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab

The speakers:

Tom Brennan, Open Web Application Security Project, – Self-Taught from the days of CP/M & 8-bit computers and a set of lock-picks the hobby moved quickly from BBS antics to mainstream. Over the past two decades, Tom has worn may hats providing architecture, development, administration, security and product management. His experiences range from the United States Marines Corps, to the algorithmic trading on Wall Street. Active Community Projects include: US DoD – ISO/IEC CS1 SC27 Ad-Hoc Working Group, National Board of Information Security Examiners (NBISE), Conference Chair, Security Conference: AppSecUSA 2013 –

Jochai Ben Avie, Policy Director, Access International, – Jochai is a wonk by training. At Access, he heads up the policy team, crafting pragmatic and principled policy guidance on issues surrounding digital due process, data protection, network interference, telecom and spectrum policy, and internet governance reform. Prior to his time at Access, he researched terrorism and reconciliation, the rise of public education, and the relationship between stress and coping. Jochai graduated summa cum laude from Bard College at Simon’s Rock with a BA in Political Science and Social Psychology.

Ellen Pearlman, Volumetric Society, – Ellen is Director and Curator of the 3D Volumetric Society of New York and recently presented at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia as part of Cyberfest, the only festival of new media in Russia. Ellen Pearlman’s blog “Planet 3D,” on breakthroughs in 3D, new media, telematics and digital art was a finalist for the highly competitive Andy Warhol Arts Writers Grant.

Paul Brigner, Regional Bureau Director, North America, Internet Society – Paul Brigner is Regional Director of the North American Bureau at the Internet Society where he oversees projects, initiatives and activities across the Internet Society’s functional and programmatic areas in the United States and Canada.

John Curran, President & CEO, American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) – John Curran is the President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), responsible for leading the organization in its mission of managing the distribution of Internet number resources in its geographic region. He was also a founder of ARIN and served as its Chairman from inception through early 2009.

Laura DeNardis, Professor, American University – Dr. Laura DeNardis is a globally recognized Internet governance scholar and an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC.

David S. Dolling, Dean, George Washington University, School of Engineering and Applied Science – David S. Dolling began his tenure as dean of GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Science on September 1, 2008.

Leslie Harris, President & CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology – A recognized global leader in Internet policy, Leslie Harris is the President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology (“CDT”), the leading Internet freedom organization working at the vanguard of technology and policy innovation.

Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies – Melissa Hathaway is President of Hathaway Global Strategies, LLC and a Senior Advisor at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Ms. Hathaway served in two Presidential administrations, and brings a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional perspective to strategic consulting and strategy formulation for public and private sector clients.

Lance J. Hoffman, Distinguished Research Professor, George Washington University’s Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute – Dr. Lance J. Hoffman is known for his pioneering research on computer security and risk analysis, and for his interdisciplinary work in computer privacy issues.

Randy Marchany, University Information Technology Security Officer, Virginia Tech – Randy Marchany has been involved in the computer industry since 1972.

Steve Roberts, Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University – A well-known commentator on many Washington-based TV shows, Roberts also appears regularly as a political analyst on the ABC radio network and is a substitute host on NPR’s “Diane Rehm Show.” As a teacher, he lectures widely on American politics and the role of the news media. Since 1997 he has been the Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, where he has taught for the last 21 years.

Lynn St.Amour, President & CEO, Internet Society – Lynn St.Amour is President/CEO of the Internet Society. She joined the Internet Society in 1998 as Executive Director of its Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) division. She became global Executive Director and COO in 1999 and held that position until her appointment as President and CEO in February of 2001.

Daniel J. Weitzner, Director & Co-Founder, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) – CSAIL studies the relationship between network architecture and public policy, and develops new Web architectures to meet policy challenges such as privacy and intellectual property rights. He teaches Internet public policy in MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. From 2011-2012, Weitzner was the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House, where he led initiatives on online privacy, cybersecurity, Internet copyright, and trade policies to promote the free flow of information.


The event will tackle the complex implications of recently revealed government surveillance programs around the world.

The Internet Society and others have expressed concern that policies that result in the unwarranted collection, storage, and potential correlation of user data undermine many of the key principles and relationships of trust upon which the global Internet is based. The Internet Society notes that information about a startling number of programs by governments around the world has emerged in recent weeks; developments that we believe will have a chilling effect on the growth of the Internet and the realization of its full potential as a trusted medium for free expression and creativity.

This forum will examine how to balance objectives for openness, global interoperability, and security in an online world and whether the vision of an open, innovative Internet can persist in an environment of online surveillance and data collection.  Can we achieve a balance between national security, privacy, and free expression or do users have to be willing to compromise?

“It’s clear that recent reports about a government surveillance program have driven a strong public reaction, with reverberations and implications for Internet users, architecture, governance and more,” said Paul Brigner, Regional Bureau Director, North America, of the Internet Society. “This event will provide an open forum for dialogue so that all interested stakeholders understand the issues at hand and what is at stake regarding interrelated principles of privacy, security, reliability, and user choice.”