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  • Joly MacFie 6:21 am on 04/20/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Webcast today: Innovate / Activate 2.0 @ UC Berkeley #innact #netfreedom 

    Innovate / Activate 2.0
    The second Innovate / Activate Conference will start today April 20 2012 at the University of California’s Berkeley Law School. The conference’s purpose is “improving global welfare by diagnosing new and existing Intellectual Property-related challenges to activism, developing strategies for overcoming IP obstacles, and delivering practical solutions.” ISOC-NY participated in last year’s inaugural event at New York Law School. reddit co-Founder Alexis Ohanian is giving the opening keynote at 2.15pm PDT (5.15pm EDT | 2115 UTC) today. Other participants include Parker Higgins, James Grimmelmann, and Elizabeth Stark. The event will be webcast live and archived. It will be directly followed by the Students for Free Culture Summit on Sunday April 22.

    What: Innovate / Activate 2.0
    Where: University of California’s Berkeley Law School
    When: April 20-21 2012 (Fri 2-6.15pm | Sat 9.45am-5.30pm)
    Program: http://www.innovateactivate.org/program
    Webcast: http://media.citris.berkeley.edu/webcast (windows media)
    Twitter: #innact |

     
  • Joly MacFie 7:38 am on 02/22/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Webcast: ISOC-DC Social Media and Freedom, Promoting Democracy in the Middle East #netfreedom 

    ISOC-DCWeds Feb 22: The Internet Society’s Washington DC Chapter (ISOC-DC) will webcast live this mornings’s breakfast discussion ‘Social Media and Freedom, Promoting Democracy in the Middle East‘ via Ustream.

    What: Social Media and Freedom, Promoting Democracy in the Middle East
    When: Wednesday 22 Feb 201 8.30-10.30am EST | 1330-1530 UTC
    Webcast: http://www.isoc-dc.org/isoc-dc-tv/
    Hashtags @ISOCDC | #netfreedom

    Discussion Leaders:

    Davin Hutchins – Managing Editor, Middle East Voices at Voice of America
    Sherif Mansour – Senior Program Officer, Freedom House
    Sirwan Kajjo – Syrian human rights activist and journalist

     
  • Joly MacFie 6:09 pm on 12/14/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    @NCUC @ICANN to House – supporting #NetFreedom = rejecting #SOPA ! 

    NCUCTomorrow, December 15, 2011,  the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary will meet to markup and potentially vote in committee on H.R. 3261, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” or SOPA. Today the Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – of which ISOC-NY is a member – has written a letter to the House Committee expressing its profound concern with the proposed legislation, and the equivalent PROTECT-IP (PIPA) bill in the U.S. Senate, both of which would mandate the blocking and filtering of the Domain Name System (DNS).

    In particular, the NCUC is very concerned with the provisions in both Bills relating to Domain Name System (DNS) filtering. As identified by numerous technical, legal and policy experts:

    • DNS filtering is often proposed as a way to block illegal content consumption by end users. Yet policies to mandate DNS filtering will be ineffective for that purpose and will interfere with cross-border data flows and services undermining innovation and social development across the globe.
    • Filtering DNS or blocking domain names does not remove the illegal content – it simply makes the content harder to find. Those who are determined to download filtered content can easily use a number of widely available, legitimately-proposed tools to circumvent DNS filtering regimes. As a result, DNS filtering encourages the creation of alternative, non-standard DNS systems.
    • DNS filtering and blocking raises human right and freedom of expression concerns, and often curtails international principles regarding the rule of law, due process and justice. Some countries have employed DNS filtering and blocking as a way to restrict access to the global Internet and to curb free speech.
    • The United States has historically advocated for freedom of expression and has been a strong proponent of online Internet freedoms. The United States Government has a significant responsibility to balance its domestic obligations and their potential global impact, especially with respect to Internet policy. Given its commitment to global Internet freedom, it would be detrimental to the global Internet if the United States were to insist on such an approach.

    NCUC explains that the implications of legislation like PIPA and SOPA will be to have a negative impact upon the Internet’s design and can potentially create serious international political and legal problems. It will compromise Internet freedom held dearly by various organizations and institutions, like the OECD, the European Parliament, the Internet Society, and the Council of Europe – all of whom have committed to preserve this freedom and requested the United States to commit as well to preserving this freedom.

    The letter ends with an appeal to the Committee to consider the viewpoints also expressed by a multitude of actors and organizations and not support legislation that undermines the global Internet.

     
  • Joly MacFie 9:12 pm on 12/09/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Video: Hillary Clinton speech on Internet Freedom #netfreedom 

    On December 8 2011 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a keynote at the Conference on Internet Freedom in The Hague, Holland. In her remarks Secretary Clinton strongly supported the current multistakeholder process of Internet governance. (Video | Transcript)

     
  • Joly MacFie 5:10 pm on 12/09/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    @InternetSociety Supports UN Human Rights Day Focus on Social Media #netfreedom 

    [Geneva, Switzerland – 09 December 2011] – The Internet Society welcomed the focus of today’s United Nations Human Rights Day event highlighting the transformational role of the Internet and social media applications in giving voice to people around the world. The Internet Society is a strong advocate of an open and accessible Internet, and sees the Internet as an enabler of human rights.

    The influence of the Internet and social media on the ability of citizens to connect, share ideas, and join communities is undeniable. In 2011, popular movements in the Middle East and North Africa demonstrated the Internet’s power to enable individuals to exercise their fundamental rights, in particular the right to freedom of expression as well as the right to peaceful assembly and association. In this context, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights also points to the role of social media in peaceful protest movements in many other cities across the globe.

    These events illustrate the powerful impact of social media by generating awareness of and support for efforts of people from all walks of life seeking to bring about change, unconstrained by borders, time, and distance.
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  • Joly MacFie 2:03 am on 07/05/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    90+ Law & IP Professors sign letter opposing Protect IP Act #copyright #netfreedom 

    David PostWriting on the Volokh Conspiracy blog on July 4 David Post – author of  In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace - notes that over 90 Law and IP professors have signed a letter opposing the proposed Protect IP Act.  He says:

    The bill, which will allow the government to obtain injunctions against domain names hosting allegedly copyright-infringing or trademark-infringing material, and to have those domain names deleted from the Internet’s databases, represents a serious assault on the fundamental principles that have built the Net — the design principles at the heart of its technical infrastructure, and the free speech principles it has done so much to foster and cultivate around the globe, all at the behest of your friends in the recording and motion picture industries.

    The full text of the letter is below

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  • Joly MacFie 3:31 am on 06/12/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , john markoff, , net freedom, , sacha meinrath,   

    New York Times details US “Stealth Web” projects #netfreedom @SaschaMeinrath @StateDept 

    A New York Times story today – U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors by John Markoff and James Glanz, details United States efforts to build alternative communications networks in repressive states These range from alternative cellphone systems to “Internet in a Suitcase” mesh networking. The latter project is headed by Sascha Meinrath, director of the Open Technology Initiative at the New America Foundation, and has received $2 million in funding.

    From the story:

    “We’re going to build a separate infrastructure where the technology is nearly impossible to shut down, to control, to surveil,” said Mr. Meinrath. “The implication is that this disempowers central authorities from infringing on people’s fundamental human right to communicate,” added.

    and

    The group’s suitcase project will rely on a version of “mesh network” technology, which can transform devices like cellphones or personal computers to create an invisible wireless web without a centralized hub. In other words, a voice, picture or e-mail message could hop directly between the modified wireless devices — each one acting as a mini cell “tower” and phone — and bypass the official network.

    Mr. Meinrath said that the suitcase would include small wireless antennas, which could increase the area of coverage; a laptop to administer the system; thumb drives and CDs to spread the software to more devices and encrypt the communications; and other components like Ethernet cables.

    and

    In addition to the Obama administration’s initiatives, there are almost a dozen independent ventures that also aim to make it possible for unskilled users to employ existing devices like laptops or smartphones to build a wireless network. One mesh network was created around Jalalabad, Afghanistan, as early as five years ago, using technology developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Recent government internet shutdowns in the Middle East have spurred efforts.

    That need is so urgent, citizens are finding their own ways to set up rudimentary networks. Mehdi Yahyanejad, an Iranian expatriate and technology developer who co-founded a popular Persian-language Web site, estimates that nearly half the people who visit the site from inside Iran share files using Bluetooth — which is best known in the West for running wireless headsets and the like. In more closed societies, however, Bluetooth is used to discreetly beam information — a video, an electronic business card — directly from one cellphone to another.

    Mr. Yahyanejad said he and his research colleagues were also slated to receive State Department financing for a project that would modify Bluetooth so that a file containing, say, a video of a protester being beaten, could automatically jump from phone to phone within a “trusted network” of citizens. The system would be more limited than the suitcase but would only require the software modification on ordinary phones.

    By the end of 2011, the State Department will have spent some $70 million on circumvention efforts and related technologies, according to department figures.

     
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