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/
Comment on Meetup: Parsons Design and Technology Final Presentations
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.
In a recent Wired article The Internet Deserves Its Own Holiday, writer Marvin Ammori suggested that January 18, the anniversary of the SOPA/PIPA blackout, be celebrated as Internet Freedom Day. The suggestion was well received and many event will take place this Friday, including this one in NYC. The unfortunate death of Aaron Swartz has both highlighted the issue and made the the day an opportunity for a wake. ISOC-NY will join other NYC groups on Friday to participate. Details below.
What: Remembering Aaron & Internet Freedom Day
When: Friday, January 18, 2013 6:00 PM
Where: Temple Bar, 332 Lafayette Street (btwn Houston and Bleecker), NYC
On January 17 2013 the New York Technology Council kicks off their 2013 program with a compelling event – Benefits of Cloud for Video and Image that will explore the “Pros, cons, and risks of cloud for high-quality video and images”. This topic is likely to be a bit of an eye-opener as to the kind of thing NYC’s media professionals could do with the affordable gigabit or similar bandwidth available elsewhere, if and when it arrives here…
Recognizing the interest to our members, NYTECH has kindly once again offered to discount their regular $20 event fee for ISOC-NYers who wish to attend. Register via our meetup page.
What: Benefits of Cloud for Video and Image
Where: Anchin, 1375 Broadway, 23rd Floor (@ W.37 St.)
When: Thursday January 17 2013, 6.30pm
Webcast: Will be recorded
Twitter: #cloud | #nytech
The Brooklyn Tech Meetup has been going from strength to strength, and now has a new home at Brooklyn Law School. Here is video of its December event, including presentations from startups Aggregift and SPUN City News, and words of wisdom from VC veteran Charlie O’Donnell of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. The next meeting is January 29 2013.
On Thursday October 11 2012 the New York Technology Council and ISOC-NY hosted author Andrew Blum discussing his book Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet. Andrew’s book, prompted when his Internet was disconnected by a squirrel, accessibly examines the raw physical infrastructure of the network, and the people who put and hold it together. Video is below.
One point he made in the talk was that the only people that wouldn’t give him access to their inner workings were Google. Within days after the talk Google announced a new datacenter info website including a street-view walk-through their Lenoir NC data-center.
Organized by the Internet Society, World IPv6 Launch on 6 June 2012 is the designated date when organizations across the industry – including Internet service providers (ISPs), hardware makers, and web companies – prepare for and permanently enable Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) on their products and services as Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) address space runs out.
Last year, major web companies and other industry participants successfully enabled and tested IPv6 on their main websites for 24 hours on World IPv6 Day, which was held on 8 June 2011. World IPv6 Day only involved websites, and was just a day, this year in contrast the emphasis is across the entire spectrum of the Internet industry and is permanent.
Similar to last year’s successful NYC event, on Wednesday June 6 2012 ISOC-NY will present an informal discussion and celebration meetup at NYU starting at 7pm EDT. Among those attending will be Phillip Koblence, VP Operations (NYI), and Sagi Brody of Webair who will both give brief talks on their company’s IPv6 implementation efforts, after which we will repair to a nearby drinking establishment for social activities.
What: World IPv6 Launch Discussion and Celebration.
When: Wed. June 6, 2012 – 7pm-8.30pm
Where: Courant Institute NYU, Rm 201, 251 Mercer St. NYC
Who: Free. Public welcome, especially network admins!
Hashtags: #v6launch ; #ipv6
RSVP: email | facebook | meetup
Webcast: Not planned at this time.
On February 22, 2012 the New York Technology Council will host a panel, “Mobile Technology and Social Change” which will explore how mobile technology is being used as a tool for social change and justice. Speakers include Dani Diaz, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft; J.D. Hollis, Founder, near/far studio; and Hillary Hartley, Director of Integrated Marketing, NIC.
As you may see, non-members will be charged $20 to attend this event, however we have arranged for 15 free seats for ISOC-NY members, first come first served. RSVP via our meetup event to get one. There will be refreshments.
What: Mobile Technology and Social Change
When: Wednesday February 22, 2012. 6pm-8pm
Where: Microsoft, 1290 Ave. of the Americas,New York, NY 10019
Who: 15 ISOC-NY members via meetup.com (free). Others Register ($20)
Webcast: Will be taped for later.
Hashtags: #mobile | @nytechcouncil | #mobilenytech
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On Wednesday January 25 2012 the New York Technology Council will host author David Weinberger to discuss aspects of his new book, “Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room.” David is co-author of the best-seller The Cluetrain Manifesto, which Information Week called the most important business book since Tom Peter’s In Search of Excellence. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web and Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder.
David is currently a senior researcher at Harvard Law’s Berkman Center for the Internet & Society, Co-Director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab at Harvard Law School, and is a Franklin Fellow at the United States State Department. He is a board member of OneWebDay.
As you may see, non-members will be charged $20 to attend this event, however we have arranged for 10 free seats for ISOC-NY members, first come first served. RSVP via our meetup event to get one. There will be drinks (free) and signed books (to buy).
What: David Weinberger: “Too Big to Know”
When: Wednesday January 25, 2012. 6pm-8pm
Where: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, 488 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor, NYC
Who: 10 ISOC-NY members via meetup.com (free). Others Register ($20)
Webcast: Will be taped for later.
Hashtags: #2b2k | @dweinberger | @nytechcouncil
The presentation at the August 2010 edition of the WordPressNYC meetup will cover the topic ‘Installing WordPress and BuddyPress from scratch‘
When: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 6:30 PM
Where: Oracle – Sun Microsystems
101 Park Ave – Floor 4 41st and Park Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Price: $5.00 per person
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The NYC Web Standards meetup will meet on Wednesday April 21 2010 at 7pm. Location: t.b.d.
Mayank Jain will explain and demonstrate the following techniques for building accessible websites, including:
Scripts and forms
“Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web.”–Web Accessibility Initiative
Save the date! (re-scheduled from the 2/8 “snow day”)
The Summit: New Media Laws & New Federal Policies
March 3rd – 8:00 am – 10:00am
As a follow up to a survey that was taken earlier, we have planned an essential event for new media companies. You are invited to an intimate roundtable discussion on the effects of government policies, regulations and lobbying on young, tech-related companies.
The O’Reilly TOC Conference will decipher the tools of change in this industry and help cut through the hype for a more profitable future in publishing. From authoring, editing, and layout to distribution and consumption, new technologies are changing all aspects of publishing. But which technologies are important? Which provide exciting business opportunities? And what are the strategic questions you need to consider in adopting new models? These questions and much more will be explored at TOC