Today, Monday November 14 2016, Freedom House has released the Freedom on the Net Report 2016. The 2016 Report has the theme Silencing the Messenger: Communication Apps Under Pressure. The report is being launched with a panel discussion with speakers Sanja Kelly, Director, Freedom on the Net , Freedom House; Darya Luganskaya, Moscow-based tech journalist; ‘Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria; Sally Shipman Wentworth, Vice President of Global Policy, Internet Society; Moderator: Daniel Calingaert, Acting President, Freedom House. The event is being webcast live via the Freedom House YouTube Channel.
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Internet Freedom Festival 6–10 March, 2017 Valencia, Spain – call for session hosts @InternetFF #netfreedom
The 2017 Internet Freedom Festival will take place in Valencia, Spain on 6 – 10 March, 2017. The Internet Freedom Festival gathers the community keeping the Internet open and uncensored for a week of multidisciplinary collaboration. The Festival is something of an unconference in that any participant can host a session. The Call for Proposals is now open. Conversations and workshops – rather than sessions that just highlight personal work – are encouraged. Content is divided into eight different Themes, curated by the IFF Fellows. Themes include hackathons, workshops, security trainings, panel discussion and social events. The deadline is 28 Nov 2016.
Also, the Internet Freedom Festival Diversity and Inclusion Fund is an open funding program designed to bring underrepresented groups into the larger Internet Freedom community.
offers a stark, and concerning, view on the current status of online freedoms. Out of the 65 countries assessed, the report concludes that Internet freedom in the world has declined for the sixth consecutive year. Governments that had already expanded their arsenal of tools for controlling the online sphere are now strengthening their application of these methods
The report is being launched with a panel discussion with speakers Gady Epstein of The Economist, Eileen Donahoe of Human Rights Watch, Chinmayi Arun of the Centre for Communication Governance, and activists Grace Githaiga and Tetyana Lokot. The event is being webcast live via the Freedom House YouTube Channel.
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/b3oiURFvhQU
Today Saturday October 24 2015 and tomorrow Sunday October 25 2015 the inaugural Radical / Networks conference will take place at NYU Magnet in Brooklyn. GOALS: To understand how communications technology can be used as a method of control and how to subvert that. Teach people how to use networking technology for themselves. Encourage creative and social exploration with computer networks. IDEALS: Promoting free and open networks built with free and open hardware and software. Decentralizing the control of where networks exist and what and whom are served by them. Maintaining control of our own content, hardware, and means of deployment. Community and free expression first. The Lecture track of the event will be webcast live via the Internet Society Livestream Channel.
What: Radical / Networks conference
Where: MAGNET NYU Poly, Brooklyn, NY
When: Saturday October 24 2015 and tomorrow Sunday October 25 2015 10am-7pm EDT | 1400-2300 UTC
Webcast: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/radicalnetworks (lecture hall only)
Twitter: #radnets2015 https://twitter.com/hashtag/radnets2015
Today Tuesday, October 13 2015 and tomorrow Wednesday, October 14 2015 the 25th annual Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference (CfP2015) is taking place in Washington DC. CFP 2015 will focus on the growing tensions between, on the one hand, maturing information technology and its benefit to innovation and free speech online and, on the other, the threat that technology poses in areas as diverse as consumer privacy, racially biased policing, political dissent worldwide and, indeed, to the teeming marketplace of digital speech and association enabled by that very technology. The entire event, including breakout tracks is being webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.
What: Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference 2015
Where: Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, Virginia
When: Tuesday, October 13 201 – Wednesday, October 14 2015
Webcast 1: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/CFP2015
Webcast 2: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/CFP2015-2 (Walnut)
Webcast 3: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/CFP2015-3 (Chestnut)
Twitter: #cfp2015 – https://twitter.com/hashtag/CFP2015
WEBCAST TODAY/TOMORROW: Computers & Privacy Conference 2014 – The Internet Wants to be Free #cfp2014 #netfreedom
The Computers & Privacy Conference 2014 is taking place today and tomorrow Monday 9 June – Tuesday 10 June 2014 in Warrenton, VA. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Internet Wants to be Free.” .Co-chaired by Nuala O’Connor, CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Amie Stepanovich, Senior Policy Counsel at Access. CFP 2014 brings together the best minds and most energized advocates in the tech privacy space, to consider the state of Internet freedom. The vent is being webcast live by the Internet Society’s North America Bureau.
What: Computers & Privacy Conference 2014
Where: Warrenton, VA
When: Monday 9 June – Tuesday 10 June 2014
Stockholm Internet Forum 2014 takes place Tuesday May 27 2014 – Wednesday May 28 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden. The Forum, founded in 2012, aims to bring together policymakers, civil society representatives, activists, business representatives and technical community representatives to deepen the discussions on how freedom and openness on the internet can promote economic and social development worldwide. The theme of the 2014 Forum is “Internet — privacy, transparency, surveillance and control”. The format is a plenary followed by three breakout sessions. All 3 are being webcast live via Bambuser. Stockholm is UTC+2, thus 6 hours ahead of NYC.
What: Stockholm Internet Forum 2014
Where: Stockholm, Sweden
When: Tuesday May 27 2014 – Wednesday May 28 2014
Webcast: Main: http://bambuser.com/v/4656014 | Rm2: http://bambuser.com/v/3611792 | Rm3: http://bambuser.com/v/3611585
Twitter: #sif14 | @fxinternet
On May 23 2014 the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) launched The State of Internet Freedoms in East Africa research report which is an investigation into the policies and practices defining internet freedom in East Africa, specifically Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda over the period 2010 to April 2014.
The report comes up with a number of specific recommendations for regulatory reform to protect user freedom, and also suggests an education program amongst regulators and others on the primacy of usercentricity and transparency in fostering a thriving network, with the consequent economic and social benefits.
Also on May 23, full day conference in Kampala, Uganda discussed the report. Unfortunately,to our knowledge, there is no recording available.
VIDEO: Intelligence Gathering and the #Unowned Internet @BerkmanCenter #surveillance #netfreedom #nsa
On April 8 2014 the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University hosted a discussion –Intelligence Gathering and the Unowned Internet. The long-term viability of an unowned, open Internet remains in question. Any analysis of where the Internet is headed as a protocol and a platform must take into account the activities of both public and private entities that see the Internet as a source of intelligence — and a field of contention. This meeting aimed to leverage perspectives from inside and outside the U.S. intelligence community to bring some clarity to a discussion often rife with confusion. Participants included: Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School; John DeLong, Director of Compliance, National Security Agency; Anne Neuberger, Commercial Solutions Center Director, National Security Agency; Bruce Schneier, CTO of CO3 Systems and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society; Jonathan Zittrain, Co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Terry Fisher. Wilmer Hale Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Harvard Law School and Faculty Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society moderated the discussion. Video is below:
On Thursday April 3 2014, as part of its ongoing lunch lecture series, Princeton CITP presented Steve Schultze – Global Internet Freedom: Where Do We Stand? at Princeton University NJ. Steve Schultze, who works on Internet Freedom at the Department of State, discussed how his office defines and supports Internet Freedom. He also described the evolving landscape of domestic and international factors that influence the freedom of individuals to assemble and organize via digital means. He placed this in the context of broader human rights obligations, and recent statements by the United States and other governments about how the Internet relates to age-old freedoms. Video is below.
Internet Society President and CEO Kathy Brown issued the following statement on March 31 2014.:
We are deeply concerned with recent reports that the Turkish government is mandating curtailed access to key social media sites for millions of users across Turkey. Recent actions to implement the Turkish government’s requirement include the redirection of network routes so that Turkish citizens are not getting the correct information from the Domain Name System (DNS). They are instead being redirected to other web sites controlled by Turkish service providers. In addition to undermining core technical functions of the Internet’s architecture, such actions also threaten users’ fundamental human right to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas across frontiers.
Interfering with a country’s routing of Internet traffic not only harms citizens’ ability to communicate and innovate as part of the global Internet platform; it can also lead to a fragmentation of the network at the regional and global levels. Ultimately, the Turkish people and nation are the ones that will suffer, as their voices will be lost across the net.
The Internet Society believes that the Internet is a global medium that fuels economic and social development, empowers users with limitless access to knowledge, and supports aspirations for freedom. Bob Hinden, Chair of the Internet Society Board of Trustees, added, “We strongly urge the Turkish Government to stop requiring the blocking of access to social media sites and to allow full Internet access to all Turkish citizens immediately. We believe that the opportunity to participate in the global information society should never be taken away from individuals.”The Internet Society hopes that nations around the world will come to understand that blocking citizens’ access to the tools of online communication only serves to fuel discord and is not the way to address the underlying concerns of their citizens. Such measures can only undermine citizens’ trust in their government’s ability to provide an enabling Internet environment for economic and social progress.
On February 20 2014 the Stanford Center for Internet and Society (CIS) presented The Fight for Internet Freedom with Google Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond discussing threats to the Internet, especially from Governments, and the critical importance for us all that we overcome them. The event was co-hosted by the Stanford Program on Liberation Technology. Moderator was Jennifer Granick – Director of Civil Liberties – Stanford CIS. Video is below:
This weekend March 22-23 the 2014 LibrePlanet conference is taking place at MIT in Cambridge MA. LibrePlanet is an annual conference for free software enthusiasts. The theme of this year’s event is is “Free Software, Free Society.” Questions: How can free software protect journalists, whistleblowers, activists, and regular computer users from government and corporate surveillance? How can free software, or free software values like copyleft, community development, and transparency, be used by people fighting to create free societies around the world? What challenges are standing between us and our goal of free software ubiquity? Remote participation is available via webcast and IRC chat.
What: Libre Planet 2014 – Free Software, Free Society.
Where: MIT, Cambridge MA
When: Sat/Sun March 22-23 2014 0945-1845 EDT | 1345-2245 UTC
VIDEO: Rebecca Mackinnon ‘Playing Favorites’ about online threats to #humanrights #netfreedom @rmack
Rebecca Mackinnon is a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, where her work focuses on holding technology companies accountable to universally recognized human rights standards on free expression and privacy. She is currently working with the University of Pennsylvania and Internews on a new project called Ranking Digital Rights. She recently wrote an article for Guernica Magazine Playing Favorites giving some details of the project’s theme – how the power of big online companies and governments to change local Internet experiences could threaten human rights worldwide. New America Foundation have now posted a video in which she talks about the article.
On Jan 2 2014 the Legal Hackers NYC meetup hosted a forum Revenge Porn – Hacking Legal Solutions at the Made in NY Media Center in Brooklyn. The issue is specifically the victimization of women via the dissemination of sexually explicit pictures, pictures they never expected the world to see. This disturbing, but not necessarily illegal, phenomenon has been labeled Revenge Porn and is at the crux of the ever-growing tension between free expression and privacy on the Internet. A distinguished panel explored possible solutions to this growing problem (legal, regulatory, technological, and market-based), as well as the challenges in ensuring these solutions are both effective and constitutionally sound. Speakers were: Derek Bambauer – Professor of Law, University of Arizona; Lee Rowland – Staff Attorney, ACLU; Mark Jaffe – Partner, Tor Ekeland, P.C.; Ari Ezra Waldman – Associate Director, Institute for Information Law & Policy, New York Law School; and Jeremy Glickman – Deputy Chief of the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau, New York County. Moderators were David Giller of the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic, and Bianca Bosker, Executive Tech Editor, Huffington Post. Video is sponsored by ISOC-NY.
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/67fRokkF_gU
Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/gfiGcC0710l1/
Twitter: #legalhack | #revengeporn
VIDEO: Crisis and Development Data: (Starting) to Fix the System – Sara-Jayne Farmer #crisismapping @bodaceacat
This was the inaugural event in the regular OpenITP Techno-Activism Third Monday (TA3M) series. Featured speaker was data scientist Sara-Jayne Farmer of Change Assembly, who spoke passionately about the shortfalls of current crisis and development data practice. January 21 2013 at New America Foundation NYC. Video is below.
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Pc-8r0bt4ZY
Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/s6ECjJmCB2Qg/
Twitter: #crisismapping : @bodaceacat
VIDEO: Snowden, the NSA, and Free Software – Bruce Schneier and Eben Moglen #surveillance @BruceSchneier @ColumbiaLaw
After Glenn Greenwald first received his stash of secret documents from Edward Snowden, one of the first people he consulted was security expert, cryptographer, and writer Bruce Schneier, who helped him review and digest the documents. A few weeks back we saw Bruce give a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, where he advised lawmakers to rein in the NSA, and the Internet community to pro-actively design countermeasures. On December 12 2013, as a follow up to his Snowden and the Future talk series Eben Moglen hosted A conversation with Bruce Schneier at Columbia Law School. They talked about what we can learn from the Snowden documents, the NSA’s efforts to weaken global cryptography, and how we can keep free software tools from being subverted. The talk was webcast live via the Internet Society Chapters Webcast Channel, and video is below. Hopefully a transcript will be available soon.
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/N8Sc6pUR1mA
Download video: https://archive.org/details/schneier
Download audio: http://www.softwarefreedom.org/events/2013/a_conversation_with_bruce_schneier/
Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/6x9i3c5tjjmD/
WEBCAST TODAY 1630EST: Snowden and The Future Pt.4 w/ Eben Moglen “Freedom’s Future” #surveillance @futuresnowden #netfreedom
Today, Wednesday December 4 2013 at 4:30pm EST, Eben Moglen will give the fourth of his series of talks ‘Snowden and The Future‘ at Columbia Law School. The talks address the questions: What has Edward Snowden done to change the course of human history? How does the evolution of surveillance since World War II threaten democracy? What does it mean that information can be both so powerful and so easily spread? In a network embracing all of humanity, how does democracy survive our desire for security? In this final talk Professor Moglen will address the topic “Freedom’s Future”. The talk will be webcast live by the Columbia Law School.
What: Eben Moglen – Snowden and The Future
Where: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Rm 101, NYC
When: Wednesday December 4 2013 4:30-5.30 pm EST | 2130-2230 UTC
WEBCAST TODAY 1630EST: Snowden and The Future Pt.3 w/ Eben Moglen #surveillance @futuresnowden #netfreedom
Today, Wednesday November 13 2013 at 4:30pm EST, Eben Moglen will give the third of his series of talks ‘Snowden and The Future‘ at Columbia Law School. The talks address the questions: What has Edward Snowden done to change the course of human history? How does the evolution of surveillance since World War II threaten democracy? What does it mean that information can be both so powerful and so easily spread? In a network embracing all of humanity, how does democracy survive our desire for security? The talk will be webcast live by the Columbia Law School.
What: Eben Moglen – Snowden and The Future
Where: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Rm 101, NYC
When: Wednesday Novemeber 13 2013 4:30-5.30 pm EST | 2130-2230 UTC
On October 2 2013 the Internet Society San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and CNET hosted INET San Francisco – a live discussion on the complex implications of Government Internet surveillance.
INET San Francisco comprised two components: first, a discussion featuring two experts on public policy and cyber surveillance. Alexander Abdo, a staff attorney with the National Security Program for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Nate Cardozo, Staff Attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) digital civil liberties team.; second, a panel took audience questions and discussed the relative merits of each speaker’s proposed approach. Panelists: Susan Freiwald, Professor, University of San Francisco Law School , Matthew Sundquist, Former Facebook Privacy Team Member and Co-founder of Plot.ly, Declan McCullagh (moderator), Chief Political Correspondent, CNET, and Paul Brigner, North America Regional Bureau Director, Internet Society. The event was webcast live on the Internet Society livestream channel. Video is below.
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/qlX_TsEDcds
Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/QWj7OK0pRFar/
Twitter: #inetsf | #surveillance
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WEBCAST TODAY 1630EDT: Snowden and The Future w/ Eben Moglen #surveillance @futuresnowden #netfreedom
Today, Wednesday October 9 2013 at 4:30pm, Eben Moglen will give the first of his series of talks ‘Snowden and The Future‘ at Columbia Law School. The talks will address the questions: What has Edward Snowden done to change the course of human history? How does the evolution of surveillance since World War II threaten democracy? What does it mean that information can be both so powerful and so easily spread? In a network embracing all of humanity, how does democracy survive our desire for security? The talk will be webcast live by the Software Freedom Law Center.
What: Eben Moglen – Snowden and The Future
Where: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Rm 101, NYC
When: Wednesday October 9 2013 4:30-5.30 pm | 1230-1330 UTC
The Internet Society has issued a statement in response to recent continuing reports alleging systematic United States government efforts to circumvent Internet security mechanisms. In it Internet Society President and CEO, Lynn St. Amour is quoted as saying “If true, these reports describe government programmes that undermine the technical foundations of the Internet and are a fundamental threat to the Internet’s economic, innovative, and social potential. Any systematic, state-level attack on Internet security and privacy is a rejection of the global, collaborative fabric that has enabled the Internet’s growth to extend beyond the interests of any one country.”
The statement concludes with a general call for action by the Internet community.
The Internet has tremendous potential for economic and social good, but unless all stakeholders trust the Internet as a safe place for business, social interaction, academic enquiry, and self-expression, those economic and social benefits are put at risk. To fulfill its potential, the Internet must be underpinned by the right combination of technology, operational processes, legislation, policy, and governance. The recent reports suggest that U.S. Government programmes have systematically undermined some or all of those measures, and that is why we view the revelations with such grave concern.
With this mind, we issue these calls to action for the global community:
- To every citizen of the Internet: let your government representatives know that, even in matters of national security, you expect privacy, rule of law, and due process in any handling of your data.
Security is a collective responsibility that involves multiple stakeholders. In this regard, we call on:
- Those involved in technology research and development: use the openness of standards processes like the IETF to challenge assumptions about security specifications.
- Those who implement the technology and standards for Internet security: uphold that responsibility in your work, and be mindful of the damage caused by loss of trust.
- Those who develop products and services that depend on a trusted Internet: secure your own services, and be intolerant of insecurity in the infrastructure on which you depend.
- To every Internet user: ensure you are well informed about good practice in online security, and act on that information. Take responsibility for your own security.
At the Internet Society, we remain committed to advancing work in areas such as browser security, privacy settings, and digital footprint awareness in order to help users understand and manage their privacy and security. The citizens of the Internet deserve a global and open platform for communication built on solid foundations of security and privacy.
@InternetSociety Board of Trustees Calls on the Global Internet Community to Stand Together to Support Open Internet Access, Freedom, and Privacy #netfreedom
Internet Society Board of Trustees Calls on the Global Internet Community to Stand Together to Support Open Internet Access, Freedom, and Privacy
Fundamental ideals of the Internet are under threat
[Berlin, Germany, 4 August 2013] – The Internet Society Board of Trustees during its meeting in Berlin, Germany today called on the global Internet community to stand together in support of open Internet access, freedom, and privacy. Recently exposed information about government Internet surveillance programs is a wake-up call for Internet users everywhere – the fundamental ideals of the Internet are under threat.
The Internet Society Board of Trustees believes that government Internet surveillance programs create unacceptable risks for the future of a global, interoperable, and open Internet. Robert Hinden, Chair of the Board of Trustees, stated, “Berlin is a city where freedom triumphed over tyranny. Human and technological progress are not based on building walls, and we are confident that the human ideals of communication and creativity will always route around these kinds of attempts to constrain them. We are especially disappointed that the very governments that have traditionally supported a more balanced role in Internet governance are consciously and deliberately hosting massive Internet surveillance programs.”
In the brief period since these surveillance programs were revealed to the general public, the Internet Society Board stated there are already chilling effects on global trust and confidence on the Internet ecosystem. The fact that information about surveillance programs is emerging primarily from countries with a long history of supporting the open Internet is particularly disturbing. As the next billion people come online, these countries should be expected to demonstrate leadership in support of the values that underpin the global Internet. In the wake of these announcements, the Internet Society encourages a return to multistakeholder cooperation to preserve the benefits of the Internet ecosystem for all.
The Internet Society Board of Trustees expects governments to fully engage with their citizens in an open dialogue on how to reconcile national security and the fundamental rights of individuals. Security should not be at the cost of individual rights and, in this context, the Board welcomes the initiative by some civil society organizations to promote “International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance.” The Internet Society endorses these principles, and emphasizes the importance of proportionality, due process, legality, and transparent judicial oversight. The Internet Society believes that surveillance without any such safeguards risks undermining the sustainability of the open Internet.
“In the spirit of the pioneers and early innovators of the Internet that were honored this week at the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame ceremony, we urge the global Internet community to defend against attempts by governments to fragment the Internet either through overt regulation or hidden surveillance programs,” commented Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society. “We must reassert the global spirit of community that is at the heart of the Internet’s growth and success, and stand firm in our belief that openness and collaboration is the best path forward.”
On July 16 2013 the Open Technology Institute and Global Partners presented Safeguarding Human Rights in Times of Surveillance in Washington DC. The event’s featured speaker was Frank La Rue, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression. His talk was followed by a roundtable discussion with Rebecca Mackinnon, Cynthia Wong, and Carolina Rossini, moderated by Gene Kimmelman. Video is below.
- 7/17 Cyrus Nemati When Not to Follow the Leader (In the Tank)
The 2nd annual Stockholm Internet Forum took place on May 22-23 2013. Freedom and openness, respect for human rights, innovation and global development are the key concepts for the Forum. The conference had two main themes this year: Internet Freedom and Security, and Internet Freedom and Development. Participants included policymakers, civil society representatives, activists, business representatives and technical community representatives. The entire program was webcast live and a detailed and high quality archive is available including summaries, a YouTube playlist, and also interviews.
It’s difficult to pick one session out to feature but here we have a high level discussion – Distributed Security in a National Context – in which Internet Society President Lynn St Amour participated (summary).
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/NEjagjPlyTk
Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/YcEJFMmUy3qR/
Ron Deibert, Director, Director at the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, University of Toronto
Dunja Mijatovic, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
Matt Perault, Public policy manager, Facebook
Lynn St Amour, President/CEO of the Internet Society (ISOC)
Eric King, Head of Research, Privacy International
Bertrand de La Chapelle, Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project, Member of the Board of Directors at ICANN.