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.
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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.
On February 6 2014 security analyst and cryptographer Bruce Schneier gave a talk “NSA Surveillance and What To Do About It” as part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Big Data Lecture series. Video is below.
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Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/Bi3iRRNRn3LV/
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.
- View on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWeFhrJkAHw
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.
- View on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty4bJHB_LiI
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.
- View on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty4bJHB_LiI&t=1h46m15s
SUNDAY: “Terms and Conditions May Apply” online screening and Internet Town Hall @redditIAmA @TACmayapply
This 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
When: Box office opens 4pm EST Sunday November 17 2013 (2100 UTC)
Rent or Buy: iTunes | Vimeo: USA | Vimeo: Rest of World
@InternetSociety Board of Trustees Calls on the Global Internet Community to Stand Together to Support Open Internet Access, Freedom, and Privacy #netfreedom
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.”
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.
@InternetSociety Statement on the Importance of Open Global Dialogue Regarding Online Privacy #prism #privacy
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.