On On July 27 2015 Microsoft NY and MIT Media Lab presented Blockchain For Social Good. Bitcoin and the Blockchain are changing the way people think about currency, digital assets, and identity. The MIT Media Lab recently launched a promising new initiative to delve into the implications of these innovative technologies. At this event Brian Forde, MIT Media Lab’s Director of Digital Currency and former senior technology advisor at the White House, and John Paul Farmer, Director of Technology & Civic Innovation, Microsoft, led a discussion focused on the potential of the Blockchain as a foundation for fraud-free voting, frictionless transfer of property in blighted urban environments, and rapid response in the wake of a natural disaster, to name just a few applications. Presenters: Chelsea Barabas of MIT, Peter Kirby of Factom, Ann Sim of IDEO, and Ryan Shea of OneName. Video is below.
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MEETUP MONDAY: New York Speaks: A Hearing on Our Rights to Connect and Communicate #ComcastTWC #NetNeutrality @freepress
On Monday October 27 2014, at 5pm Free Press, Common Cause, Consumers Union, Daily Kos, Demand Progress and the Media Action Grassroots Network are holding New York Speaks: A Hearing on Our Rights to Connect and Communicate at the Brooklyn Public Library. The aim – “to save Net Neutrality and stop Comcast from taking over the Internet“. Speakers include Rep. Jerrold Nadler, former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, Mariana Ruiz of Presente.org, and Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron. The event has two parts – at 5pm a cultural speakout featuring artists on the plaza, and at 6pm public hearing inside the Dweck Center.
What: New York Speaks: A Hearing on Our Rights to Connect and Communicate
When: Monday Oct. 27 2014, 5pm cultural artist speakout on the plaza; 6pm public hearing inside the Dweck Center
Where: Dweck Center, Brooklyn Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Twitter: #ComcastTWC | #NetNeutrality
On Saturday August 3 2013, Richard M. Stallman, author of the EMACS text editor, inventor of the GNU operating system on which Linux is based, and founder of the Free Software Foundation, was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. Two days later, on Monday August 5 2013, he was here in NYC to speak at an Internet Society New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) and hackNY sponsored event at the Courant Institute at NYU. Richard Stallman will address the NYC technological community, including hackNY’s summer fellows, on the importance of utilizing and creating free and open software solutions, and opposing restrictive intellectual property regimes. Video/audio is below. Sorry, no transcript at present.
NYC Digital, part of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, is mounting a series of listening sessions throughout the City this summer with the aim of encouraging feedback on New York City’s innovation progress and contributing to the upcoming version of the City’s Digital Roadmap. New Yorkers are invited to attend the sessions to share their thoughts about how to realize New York City’s potential as the world’s leading digital city, across the areas of Internet access, education, open data, engagement and industry, adding new goals and objectives to the City’s innovation strategy. The first of these, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Tech Meetup and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, was held in Brooklyn on Thursday, July 11, 2013, and was webcast by ISOC-NY via the Internet Society Chapters Webcast Channel. Video is below. Click here to skip to the actual public responses.
On Tuesday June 25 2013 Silicon Harlem presented a meetup with the topic Gigabit Harlem | Transforming Upper Manhattan into a Center for Technology Innovation. Aides to Council Member Inez Dickens were present and Rep. Charles Rangel hung out. The event was webcast live on the Internet Society Chapters livestream channel.
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/zctkh9YHwdY
Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/QDy6aZVnflXs/
On Friday May 10 2013 the Internet Society’s New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) webcast the Sensemakers NYC Meetup event: Parsons Design and Technology Final Presentations live from Alley NYC. After a keynote from Peter Semmelhack, CEO of Bug Labs and a founder of the Open Hardware Summit, students from the New School’s Design and Technology (MFA) program demo’d their quantified-self final projects. These included: a movie recommendation engine based on biometric analysis; a dog tracking system; an EEG hacked from a child’s toy; a mental-focus-stimulator; a cinematic experience that reacts to your heartrate. Video archive is below:
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Hs8cCjQt-tM
Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/enOVm2XQbdnF/
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Twitter: #sensemakers | #mfadt
ISOC-NY is a member of the Free Culture Alliance NYC, an informal umbrella group of organizations in the New York City area with an interest in the Free Culture movement, Open Education, and related developments at the boundaries of technology, culture, community, and the commons. Other members include Wikimedia NYC, NYU Free Culture, and Creative Commons. Tomorrow, Tuesday evening May 7 2013, there will be a social at Common Ground in Manhattan’s East Village. All ISOC-NY members are invited to attend. You can register via our meetup page.
What: Free Culture Alliance NYC Happy Hour
When: Tuesday, May 7 2013, 7pm
Where: One Mile House, 10 Delancey St, NYC
Twitter: #freeculture | #fcanyc
On Tuesday March 26 2013, at Thoughtworks NYC office, the Internet Society’s New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) presented “It’s the Web, Tim, but not as we know it” in which guest Michiel de Jong explained unhosted, an open source solution for privacy and security in the cloud.
The web started out as a platform for static documents. It then evolved into a platform for hosted software, that runs “in the cloud”, outside the user’s control. But html5 technology allows for a new option: “unhosted web apps”. Like documents, unhosted web apps are served as static content, which makes them cheap to publish. But like hosted software, they can have all the interactive functionality of a software application. In this new paradigm, the web is used to deliver the source code of the application, rather than delivering its user interface. Two years ago Michiel de Jong quit his day job as a scalability engineer, to work on free technology in exchange for donations. He now lives as a digital nomad and will be giving this talk remotely. This is a followup to the 2012 ISOC-NY/NYTECH event “New Techniques for Protecting Cloud Data and Security”
Before Michiel spoke, there was brief presentation by Mozilla System Adminstrator Ben Kero on the new FirefoxOS for mobile devices.
VIDEO: Susan Crawford ‘Captive Audience’ book launch in NYC #CaptiveAudience @scrawford #nyc #newnetworks
On January 16 2013 Susan Crawford, author of “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age” presented the theme of the book at Cardozo School of Law in NYC. The presentation was followed by a Q&A. Many ISOC-NY members attended and contributed to the discussion. Video is below. No captions as yet, but see the AMARA links below and, if you can, please contribute a few minutes of your time to the transcription process.