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  • Joly MacFie 1:49 pm on 02/12/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ISOC-NY TV show 2pm today: Jan Schaumann – Privacy & Social Networks: All Is Not lost! @jschauma @openITP #ta3m @mnn59 

    isoc ny tvToday, 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.

    What: ISOC-NY TV Show – Privacy & Social Networks: All Is Not lost! (But We Need Your Help)
    Where: Manhattan Neighborhood Network
    When: Wednesday February 12 2014 2pm-3pm EDT | 1900-2000 UTC
    Manhattan Cable: TWC 56 / 1996 | RCN 83 | FiOS 34
    Webcast: http://www.mnn.org/live/2-lifestyle-channel

  • Joly MacFie 8:56 am on 02/10/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: New York Legal Hackers Data Privacy Hackathon #privacyhack #legalhack #privacy 

    Last weekend February 8/9 2014 the New York Legal Hackers participated in an International Data Privacy Hackathon, along with colleagues in San Francisco and London. The New York location – the Made in NY Center in Dumbo, was webcast live by ISOC-NY via the Legal Hackers own YouTube channel.

    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. 

    View on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu_H_Bgt9po

    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.

    Around 6:30pm Sunday, after a brief talk by Michael Joseph Holland, Center for Urban Science & Progress (CUSP) at NYU, and Dazza Greenwoood, MIT Media Lab, about a forthcoming anthology Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good, the judging got underway. Projects presented were Using Copyright to Remove Revenge Pornography Selfies; Terms of Service Helper; Playing with Tor; Cookie Jar; Re-Entry (as suggested by Judge Aiken); and Ghostdrop.

    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.

  • Joly MacFie 4:52 pm on 01/21/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: Jan Schaumann – Privacy & Social Networks: All Is Not lost! (But We Need Your Help) @jschauma @openITP #ta3m 

    At the NYC January 20 2014 edition of the NYC OpenITP Techno-Activism 3rd Monday Twitter security engineer Jan Schaumann presented Privacy & Social Networks: All Is Not lost! (But We Need Your Help) – a look at the responsibilities we have on both sides of the fence: as users and as service providers; as engineers and as designers; as experts and as laymen; as students and as educators; to resolve the inherent conflicts between utility, exploitation, and privacy in social networks. The companies offering the services are frequently (portrayed as being) more interested in profiling their users in order to make advertising bucks rather than protect them. But things aren’t always black and white. Video is below.

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/QmMIEewpFHQ
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/NWy2A48gYprL/
    Presentation: http://www.netmeister.org/blog/all-is-not-lost.html
    Twitter: @jschauma | #ta3m

  • Joly MacFie 1:51 am on 11/14/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    SUNDAY: “Terms and Conditions May Apply” online screening and Internet Town Hall @redditIAmA @TACmayapply 

    Terms and Conditions May  ApplyThis Sunday November 17 2013 Demand Progress will present an online screening of Terms and Conditions May Apply – “an eye-opening presentation of how corporations and the government are tracking your every move on the Internet” – that has won several awards and been showing in selected theaters across the country over the summer. It was also shown to members of Congress at a special screening on Capitol Hill on October 29. Sunday’s online screening is free for the first 3,000 visitors (first come, first served at 4pm) and for $3 admission after all the free seats are filled. Early attendees will also be treated to a preview of “The Internet’s Own Boy”, a forthcoming Aaron Swartz Documentary. The film itself will screen at 5.15pm. At 6.35pm there will be an Internet Town Hall (via reddit AMA) with filmmaker Cullen Hoback, Ben Wizner of the ACLU, Tim Karr of Free Press, and Demand Progress staff. All times are EST (UTC-5). The film can also be bought or rented at the links below.

    What: Terms and Conditions May Apply online screening
    Where: http://www.demandprogress.tv/
    When: Box office opens 4pm EST Sunday November 17 2013 (2100 UTC)
    Twitter: @tacmayapply

    Rent or Buy: iTunes | Vimeo: USA | Vimeo: Rest of World

  • Joly MacFie 2:32 am on 08/05/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    @InternetSociety Board of Trustees Calls on the Global Internet Community to Stand Together to Support Open Internet Access, Freedom, and Privacy #netfreedom 

    isocInternet Society Press Release

    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.”

    • Friar Charles B. A. Hanley ofm Cap. 12:59 pm on 08/05/2013 Permalink | Reply

      I, salute, and applaud the ISOC position and efforts to keep the Internet Free.
      Liberty and Prosperity for All!
      You are not alone and are in my prayers for every success.
      Friar Charles B.A. Hanley ofm Cap.

    • Warmen (@Jkillyan) 10:41 am on 08/06/2013 Permalink | Reply

      It’s going to be a though fight bu we must prevale in this, because no one can rule the Internet. It’s free.

    • O'Brien Uzoechi 11:10 am on 08/12/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Over regulation on the Internet usage will seriously dampen the very spirit of liberality that set it up in the first place. We should do all we can to stem the ugly slide!

  • Joly MacFie 11:50 am on 06/13/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald keynote at Freedom to Connect 2013 #f2c #netfreedom #prism 

    On March 4-5 2013 the Internet Society’s North America Bureau webcast the Freedom to Connect 2013 conference in Washington DC. One keynote speaker was Glenn Greenwald, who has recently come to international attention as the journalist who broke the NSA surveillance story. In his hour long speech, he talks about Aaron Swartz, the imbalance of justice, the growth of the surveillance state, the nature of power in the digital age, and its implications for Internet freedom. There are a couple of small glitches in the recording, for which we apologize. Video is below.

    View on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jmvwFt-yPeo
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/l6eeaB3njLf9/

  • Joly MacFie 3:50 pm on 06/12/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    @InternetSociety Statement on the Importance of Open Global Dialogue Regarding Online Privacy #prism #privacy 

    Internet_SocietyThe Internet Society has issued a statement regarding the recent Internet snooping revelations:

    Internet Society Statement on the Importance of Open Global Dialogue Regarding Online Privacy

    [Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland] The Internet Society has noted recent revelations regarding the apparent scope of U.S. government efforts to gather large amounts of end user information from U.S. Internet and telecom service providers for intelligence purposes. We are deeply concerned that the unwarranted collection, storage and potential correlation of user data will undermine many of the key principles and relationships of trust upon which the global Internet has been built. The impact of this action is not limited to U.S. users or companies, but has implications for Internet users around the globe.

    While government plays an important role in protecting its citizens and there is a need for better approaches to address online security, the Internet Society strongly believes that real security can only be realized within a broader context of trust and the respect of fundamental rights, such as privacy. The Internet Society, along with many other organizations and individuals around the world, expect governments to respect and protect the basic rights of their citizens – including the right to privacy both offline and online – as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    The U.S. Government has previously taken an active role in championing these rights in the international sphere. For example, the U.S. played a leadership role in the adoption of the Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/RES/20/8, which re-affirmed that fundamental rights are applicable to individuals’ activities in the online environment as well, including privacy and freedom of expression. This means that restrictions of rights should be exceptional and conform to internationally accepted criteria such as: provision by law; pursuing a legitimate purpose; proven as necessary and the least restrictive means required to achieve the purported aim. Users naturally have higher expectations of governments who have adopted these international standards.

    The Internet must be a channel for secure, reliable, private communication between entities and individuals. Consensus for internationally recognized data protection standards has been formed through agreements constituting key building blocks of online trust, including the OECD Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data, the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, the EU Data Protection framework, and the APEC Privacy Framework and Cross Border Privacy Rules system.

    Emerging revelations about alleged U.S. programs to gather information about Internet users raise clear questions about the extent to which individuals’ expectations of privacy have been compromised. This kind of collection of user information is at odds with the commitments governments around the world have made with respect to protection of personal data and other human rights. We would expect any government signing onto these principles to fully engage with its citizens in an open dialogue when seeking to achieve both the protection of individual rights and national security. We also need to challenge the view that there always has to be a trade-off between ensuring security and protecting users’ rights.

    The Internet Society is also deeply concerned that alleged programs and similar efforts by other governments will have a chilling effect on the deployment and adoption of technical solutions for establishing trusted connections online. This kind of trust-enabled infrastructure is needed to maintain global interoperability and openness. The Internet is global – the impact of programs like these is not limited to the specific country in question but rather reverberates across the globe to users everywhere.

    The revelations of recent days underscore the importance of an open global dialogue regarding online privacy in the realm of national security and the need for all stakeholders to abide by the norms and principles outlined in international agreements on data protection and other fundamental rights. Trusted interactions in cyberspace are critical not only for the future of the Internet, but also for continued innovation, economic and political progress and a vibrant global community. Users need clear and realistic expectations of online privacy that are respected by governments and enterprises alike, so that they can continue to use the Internet in ways that enhance all of society.


    Twitter: #prism

  • Joly MacFie 1:15 am on 04/06/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO – “It’s the Web, Tim, but not as we know it” #unhosted @isocny 

    island-colorOn 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.

  • Joly MacFie 2:26 pm on 02/11/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST THURSDAY: The New Final Rule on #COPPA @PrincetonCITP #privacy #ftc 

    CITPOn February 14 2013 Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University (CITP) will host a lunchtime discussion The New Final Rule on COPPA: Needed Protections or Impending Doom for Kids’ Content?. Presenter Steven Roosa is a Fellow at CITP, a partner at the law firm of Holland & Knight, and co-chair of Holland & Knight’s Privacy and Data Security Team. The discussion will be webcast live via YouTube.

    What: The New Final Rule on COPPA: Needed Protections or Impending Doom for Kids’ Content?
    When: February 14 2013 12.30pm EST | 1730 UTC
    Where: 306 Sherrerd Hall, Princeton University
    Webcast: https://www.youtube.com/user/citpprinceton
    Description: The FTC’s new Rule under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) becomes effective on July 1, 2013. The new Rule marks a major expansion of the long-arm reach of the FTC, both in terms of the entities subject to COPPA’s requirements as well as what data meets the definition of “Personal Information.” “Personal Information,” under the new Rule, now includes purely technical identifiers that currently enjoy near ubiquitous use in the kid-directed online and mobile space but which, in most cases, will now require parental consent come July 1, 2013. Many of these technical identifiers (e.g., UDID, MAC address, IFA) are currently collected by 3rd parties. As reflected in Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen’s dissenting Statement, the FTC may not even have the requisite statutory authority to reach this 3rd party conduct. This presentation will examine the practical scope of the new Rule, the potential for unintended economic consequences, and the possibility of administrative law litigation to have the new Rule declared ultra vires.

  • Joly MacFie 7:17 am on 01/29/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    @InternetSociety tutorials on managing #identity and #privacy online. 

    © iStockphoto / Internet Society

    Every time we log onto the web we access (and add to) our own personal digital footprint that’s interconnected with plug-ins, links, and massive caches of personal data that follows us around.

    Learn About Your Digital Identity

    While none of us can control everything that’s known about us online, there are steps we can take to better understand our online identities and be empowered to share what we want, when we want.

    The Internet Society developed three interactive tutorials to help educate and inform anyone who would like to find out more.

    Each lasts about 5 minutes and will give a great foundation when it comes to making informed choices about our unique online identities.

    Watch The Tutorials

    Tutorial 1: Online Identity – An Overview

    Watch Module 1

    This tutorial will explain some of the key differences between your online and “real life” identity, recognize the nature of digital identities, and understand the difference between online identity and personal privacy. Watch the tutorial now.

    Tutorial 2: Protecting Your Privacy
    Moduel 3

    This tutorial will explain the key concerns related to online identity and privacy, recognize what kind of user information is collected and why, identify the ways of controlling the privacy of your online identity. Watch the tutorial now..

    Tutorial 3: Protecting Your Identity

    This tutorial will explain the challenges in protecting online identities and help you recognize the ways you can protect your online identity. Watch the tutorial now.

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