On April 5 2017 the Center for Internet Policy (CITP) presented Internet Privacy Technology and Policy: What Lies Ahead? at Princeton University. A panel panel discussed the recent Trump administration’s repeal of the FCC’s ISP privacy ruling – how we arrived at this juncture and how the Internet privacy landscape may evolve. The panel also explored the roles (and shortcomings) of both policy and technical mechanisms in protecting user privacy on the Internet. Speakers: Nick Feamster, CITP; Edward W. Felten, CITP; Arvind Narayanan, Computer Science at Princeton; Joel Reidenberg, Fordham CLIP. Moderator: Jennifer L. Rexford. The event was webcast on the Princeton CITP YouTube Channel. See below.
Michelle De Mooy, Center for Democracy and Technology; Cora Han, Federal Trade Commission; Ben Zorn, Microsoft; Brett Frischmann, Princeton University and Cardozo Law School; Moderator: Margaret Martonosi, Princeton University.
Seda Gürses, KU Leuven; Travis Hall, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) ; Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University; Helen Nissenbaum, New York University; Moderator: Kyle Jamieson, Princeton University.
On Wednesday October 12 2016 BrightTALK presents a webinar panel Security vs. Privacy – Can We Have Both?. Moderator: Bob Carver, Cybersecurity Guru at Verizon Wireless. Panelists: Dr. Ann Cavoukian, International Privacy Expert, Professor – Ryerson University – Toronto; Scott Schober, Cybersecurity Expert and Author of “Hacked Again“; Dan Lohrmann, Chief Strategist & Chief Security Officer at Security Mentor, Inc. The panel is available as a free webcast.
On Tuesday June 14 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technologyheld a hearing FCC Overreach: Examining the Proposed Privacy Rules. The hearing follows up on a letter sent to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler regarding the agency’s proposed privacy and data breach notification requirements for broadband ISPs. The FTC had its jurisdiction removed when the FCC reclassified broadband as a common carrier. The letter suggests the FCC’s making a separate set of rules governing only ISPs, and not other parts of the Internet ecosystem, would “create confusion and harm competition”. Witnessess were Doug Brake, Telecommunications Policy Analyst, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation; Jon Leibowitz Co-Chair, 21st Century Privacy Coalition (and former FTC Chair); and Paul Ohm, Professor, Center on Privacy and Technology, Georgetown University Law Center. Video is below:
Today, Friday March 25 2016 at 8pm EDT (00:00 UTC) the he University of Arizona College of Behavioral Sciences will host A CONVERSATION ON PRIVACY a panel discussion featuring renowned linguist and MIT professor Noam Chomsky, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and Intercept co-founding editor Glenn Greenwald. Nuala O’Connor, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology, will act as moderator. The webcast is below:
On Monday June 15 2015 the OpenITP Techno-Activism Third Monday presented Libraries, Digital Privacy, & Data Literacy – a conversation about the impact of surveillance and data collection on citizens, specifically on disadvantaged communities. Learn more about the privacy and data issues that librarians face in their work and new efforts to empower them to address these issues. Libraries are among the most trusted institutions in their communities, making librarians uniquely positioned to prepare patrons for the privacy challenges brought about by the pervasiveness of data sharing, profiling, DRM, third-party platforms, and surveillance technologies. Individuals with the greatest digital literacy needs are also the most vulnerable to abuses of personal data, creating an even more urgent need for libraries to address these issues. Librarians are prepared to meet this need. Join us for an informal conversation highlighting new efforts afoot to train librarians in digital privacy and data literacy. We are bringing together librarians, policy advocates, technologists, and the communities they all serve to further bridge not just the digital divide but the privacy digital divide. Panel: Melissa Morrone, public librarian, Brooklyn; Seeta Peña Gangadharan, senior research fellow,Open Technology Institute; Bonnie Tijerina, Data & Society Fellow; Alycia Sellie, Associate Librarian for Collections, Graduate Center Library. Moderator: Audrey Evans, Head of Research, Dollar a Day, Inc. Video is below.
On Wednesday May 13 2015Fordham Law Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) presents its Ninth Law and Information Society Symposium – Solving Privacy Around the World. Trends in the global processing of data, developments in new technologies, privacy enforcement actions and government surveillance put international privacy at the center of the global law and policy agenda. Government regulators, policymakers, legal experts, and industry players need to find solutions to cross-border conflicts and to the issues presented by innovative technologies. This conference seeks to create a robust, but informal dialog that will explore possible solutions to current questions arising from the international legal framework, infrastructure architecture and commercial practices. The conference will use a unique format. Each panel will start with a short presentation on the technological and business context to set the stage. The panel will be an informal, moderated roundtable discussion with a select group of experts followed by a question and answer session from the audience. The conference will webcast live via the Internet Society Livestream Channel.
On January 13, 2014 the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University presented a talk – The Great Firewall Inverts – saying:
The world is witnessing a massive expansion of Chinese telecommunications reach and influence, powered entirely by users choosing to participate in it. In Usage of the mobile messaging app WeChat (微信 Weixin), for example, has skyrocketed not only inside China, but outside, as well. Due to these systems being built upon proprietary protocols and software, their inner workings are largely opaque and mostly insecure. (WeChat has full permission to activate microphones and cameras, track GPS, access user contacts and photos, and copy all of this data at any time to their servers.)
In this talk, Nathan Freitas — Berkman Fellow, director of technology strategy and training at the Tibet Action Institute. and leader of the Guardian Project — questions the risks to privacy and security foreign users engage in when adopting apps from Chinese companies. Do the Chinese companies behind these services have any market incentive or legal obligation to protect the privacy of their non-Chinese global userbase? Do they willingly or automatically turn over all data to the Ministry of Public Security or State Internet Information Office? Will we soon see foreign users targeted or prosecuted due to “private” data shared on WeChat? And is there any fundamental difference in the impact on privacy freedom for an American citizen using WeChat versus a Chinese citizen using WhatsApp or Google?
On August 8 2014 the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC) hosted a panel Can Europe Force Search Engines to Censor Information You’re Looking for on the Internet? Assessing the Right to be Forgotten. Europe’s new privacy right clashes with other deeply held values such as freedom of expression and transparency. Many observers are concerned that the EU’s approach could even affect American Internet users. EU privacy regulators have suggested that the search engines must delete results not only within the EU, but globally, in spite of our First Amendment rights to publish and view the information. Is the right to be forgotten necessary to protect privacy, or does the EU rule go too far? Should the EU be able to limit access to information by American Internet users? Can the right to be forgotten be reconciled with the watchdog role of the press when public figures can use the new procedures to censor potentially embarrassing information? Speakers: Mike Godwin, Senior Policy Advisor, Internews; Joe Jerome, Policy Counsel, Future of Privacy Forum; Emma Llansó, Director of CDT’s Project on Free Expression, Center for Democracy and Technology; Rob Pegoraro, Columnist, Yahoo Tech; David Hoffman, Director of Security Policy and Global Privacy Officer, Intel. Moderator: Michael Kubayanda, Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee. Video/audio is below. Closed captions are available.
On July 22 2014 the Internet Society presented a briefing panel – Internet Security and Privacy: Ten Years Later – at the IETF 90 meeting in Toronto. Discussed were how Internet security and privacy landscapes have changed over the years, challenges we still need to address, and whether we’ll still be using the same security building blocks ten years from now. Also brought up were the societal and legislative changes that have affected the Internet, including user interfaces and risk assessment, privacy and identity implications of ‘free’ online services, and how the technical community can work together to implement more of the existing security standards like DNSSEC, DANE, and TLS. Speakers: Lucy Lynch, Director of Trust and Identity Initiatives, Internet Society; Danny McPherson, Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Verisign; David Oran, Fellow, Cisco Systems; Wendy Seltzer, Policy Counsel, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Moderator: Andrei Robachevsky, Technology Programme manager, Internet Society. The session was webcast live via the Internet Society’s livestream channel, video is below.
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.
Today Wednesday May 21 2014 the Internet Society and the IT Law Institute, Istanbul Bilgi University are presenting an INET Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. The INET’s theme is Internet: Privacy and Digital Content in a Global Context. Speakers include Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor; former NCUC Chair Robin Gross; Sophie Kwasny, Head of the Data Protection Unit of the Council of Europe; Wendy Seltzer, policy council at the W3C; Tayfun Acarer, President of Turkish Information Technologies and Communication Authority; Markus Kummer, Vice President of Public Policy, Internet Society; and Konstantinos Komaitis, Policy Advisor, Internet Society. The event is being webcast live via the Internet Society livestream channel.
On Thursday May 15 2014 the Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) and the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center presented Confidentiality 2020: Can We Keep Secrets Anymore? in Washington DC. The event asked the questions: Are we seeing an inevitable trend towards transparency? Or will companies and organizations find ways to lock down their networks and their information? If radical transparency is inevitable, what should organizations do to adapt? It took the form of an informal roundtable discussion between David Brin – Noted science fiction writer, futurist, and author of “The Transparent Society”; Greg Elin — GovReady.org and former Chief Data Officer, FCC; Allan Holmes — The Center for Public Integrity; Tom Lee – Director, Sunlight Labs; Barry Pavel, VP, Atlantic Council, and Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security; and Mark Rasch – Chief Privacy and Data Security Officer, SAIC. Moderator: Michael Nelson – Principal Technology Policy Strategist, Microsoft. The event was webcast live via the Internet Society livestream channel, video below.
Advance the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. The Department of Commerce should take appropriate consultative steps to seek stakeholder and public comment on big data developments and how they impact the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and then devise draft legislative text for consideration by stakeholders and submission by the President to Congress.
Pass National Data Breach Legislation. Congress should pass legislation that provides for a single national data breach standard along the lines of the Administration’s May 2011 Cybersecurity legislative proposal.
Extend Privacy Protections to non-U.S. Persons. The Office of Management and Budget should work with departments and agencies to apply the Privacy Act of 1974 to non-U.S. persons where practicable, or to establish alternative privacy policies that apply appropriate and meaningful protections to personal information regardless of a person’s nationality.
Ensure Data Collected on Students in School is Used for Educational Purposes. The federal government must ensure that privacy regulations protect students against having their data being shared or used inappropriately, especially when the data is gathered in an educational context.
Expand Technical Expertise to Stop Discrimination. The federal government’s lead civil rights and consumer protection agencies should expand their technical expertise to be able to identify practices and outcomes facilitated by big data analytics that have a discriminatory impact on protected classes, and develop a plan for investigating and resolving violations of law.
Amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Congress should amend ECPA to ensure the standard of protection for online, digital content is consistent with that afforded in the physical world – including by removing archaic distinctions between email left unread or over a certain age.
On Monday March 17 2014, the OpenITP Techno-Activism Third Monday‘s featured presenter was Professor Susan McGregor of Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. Her topic was Journalists, Security Practices & The Future . The primary challenges that journalists face in adopting effective security practices in their work. While the AP phone records case and the Edward Snowden revelations have helped raise security awareness among journalists, the industry faces significant challenges in constructing a coherent approach to these challenges, including a lack of appropriate tools and training materials. The talk addresses these issues as well as some possible paths for improvement. Before Susan spoke, Magnus Ag of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) introduced and gave away copies of their latest international press freedom guide. Video is below.
On Monday February 17 2014, the OpenITP Techno-Activism Third Monday‘s featured presenter was Professor Claudia Diaz of KU Leuven. Her topic was Privacy Technologies: The Future of Research. She reviewed the three “families” or classifications for privacy technologies being proposed by computer science researchers which are described as addressing 1) Social Privacy, 2) Institutional Privacy, and 3) Surveillance Concerns. Diaz discussed the concept of “privacy” that is embedded in the different classifications, including the underlying assumptions, goals, challenges and limitations. Video is below.
Today, Wednesday February 12 2014, the ISOC-NY TV show will present Twitter security engineer Jan Schaumann’s talk – Privacy & Social Networks: All Is Not lost! (But We Need Your Help), which discusses ways of resolving the conflict between user privacy and social network revenue models. The show, which airs from 2-3pm, may be viewed via Manhattan Cable or online via the MNN website.
The New York event kicked off with a spectacular panel of experts. Speaking were Jonathan Askin, Brooklyn Law School; Dona Fraser, ESRB; David Wainberg, AppNexus; Doc Searls; Amyt Eckstein, Moses & Singer; and K. Waterman, MIT Fellow.
At lunch on Saturday, there were two further keynote speakers: Susan Herman, Chair, ACLU, and Hon. Ann Aiken, Judge, District of Oregon. Judge Aiken challenged the hackers to come up with an app to aid released prisoners in successful reentry into society.
Finally the judging. The winner, Ghostdrop, took away a $1000 cash prize Runner up: Re-Entry got a silver GitHub account. Third place – Terms of Service Helper – got a 3D printed “giant-fracking” lock from Makerbot.