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.