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MEETUP TUESDAY: InterCommunity 2015 Global Member Meeting New York node

Next Tuesday/Wednesday July 7-8 2015 the Internet Society will be holding InterCommunity2015 – the first online meeting of our entire 70k+ global members. Session 1 on Tuesday will be optimally timed for participation in the Western Hemisphere and iComm2015 ISOC-NY will be one of several Chapters setting up “nodes” (= remote hubs) to participate. We will meet at Civic Hall starting at 2pm, and the session will run 3pm-6:30pm. After which there will be a reception. We are honoured to be joined in person by ISOC VP of Global Engagement Raúl Echeberría, who will address the global meeting via our node. Space is limited but all ISOC NY members are invited to attend. Please register via our meetup. It is also possible to individually participate remotely in the Global Meeting (including the Session 2 – 2:00am EDT on Wednesday).

What: InterCommunity 2015 Global Member Meeting New York node
Where: Civic Hall, 156 5th Ave, NYC 10010
When: Tuesday July 7 2015 2pm-7pm
Agenda:
2:00pm Doors Open
3:00pm Node Interactions / Chapter Updates (not available remotely)
4:00pm Welcome, Introductions
4:20pm Launch of 2nd annual Global Internet Report
4:30pm Access & Development
5:00pm Internet Governance
5:40pm Collaborative Security
6:10pm Conclusions & Wrap Up
6:30pm Reception (not available online)
Register (in person): http://www.meetup.com/isoc-ny/events/223682765/
Register (remote): https://www.internetsociety.org/intercommunity2015/participate
Twitter: #iComm2015
Facebook: #iComm2015

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MEETUP: Bitcoin for Rockstars – a fireside chat with D.A. Wallach – Sunday Jan 25

Bitcoin for RockstarsOn Sunday 25 January 2015, at 4pm the Internet Society’s New York Chapter(ISOC-NY) will present “Bitcoin for Rockstars – a fireside chat with D.A. Wallach” at TurnToTech NYC. The traditional existing methods of registering works and distributing music royalties are archaic, arcane, inefficient, and unsuited to the global networked marketplace. D.A. Wallach recently proposed thata decentralized, open, global ledger, based on bitcoin style blockchain technology, as an optimal solution for credits and rights information about music. Then a system of “smart contracts” could facilitate the distribution of funds. Thus:

In the proposed music rights network, each song, recording, rights-holder, creator, and payor would have its own unique address on the ledger. And complimenting this ledger would be “smart contracts,” programmatic rules defining how the addresses relate to each other and automating their interactions. For example, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” would have its own address, as would Katy Perry herself, each of her collaborators, and each of the companies entitled to royalties from the song. One set of “smart contracts” could connect all of these addresses to one another.

Spotify, YouTube and other services could then issue all-in royalty micro-payments (aggregating all negotiated fees) directly to the “Dark Horse” address every time the song is played. The smart contracts connected to the “Dark Horse” address would recognize the source of the payment—say, Spotify—and then instantly split and redirect royalties to all the addresses entitled to payments from the service for the song. Katy Perry, her label, her publisher, and her collaborators would all have total visibility into payments received by the “Dark Horse” address, and each would receive its shares instantly in its own wallet. This software-based relay station for royalty and licensing payments would put creators at the center of the action, allowing them to understand how much money their works were generating, and from which services or licensees. It would also give artists and songwriters instant access to the funds generated by their work, obviating the long waiting periods they currently endure.

We invite you, on a Sunday afternoon, to join D.A. Wallach and ISOC-NY to explore this fascinating concept! Our interlocutor will be Aram Sinnreich of Rutgers University. Please RSVP via ISOC-NY’s meetup.

What: Bitcoin for Rockstars – a fireside chat with D.A. Wallach
Where: TurnToTech, 184 5th Ave, 4th Floor, NYC (@22nd St)
When: Sunday January 25 2014 – 4pm-6pm | 2100-2300 UTC
Webcast: https://new.livestream.com/internetsociety/bitcoinforrockstars
Register: http://www.meetup.com/isoc-ny/events/219873421/
Twitter: #bitcoinforrockstars

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MEETUP: NYC Remote Hub for ICANN 51 – Thursday Oct 16 2014 – Register Now!

NYC ICANN 51On Thursday October 16 2014 the Internet Society’s New York Chapter (ISOC-NY), Connecting .nyc, and the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic (BLIP) will host a Remote Hub for the 51st Meeting of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers aka ICANN 51, taking place in Los Angeles. The hub will be fully interactive, with 2-way video, and participate in 3 sessions. Plentiful refreshments will be supplied, courtesy of ICANN. Please register via ISOC-NY’s meetup, or by emailing admin@isoc-ny.org.

What: NYC Remote Hub for ICANN 51
Where: Blip Clinic Dumbo Outpost, 55 Washington St #321, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (map)
When: Thursday October 16 2014 11am-8pm EDT
1. Enhancing ICANN Accountability 11:30am-12:45pm EDT
2. Community Discussion with the IANA Stewardship Coordination Group (ICG) 1pm-3pm EDT
3. Public Forum 4:30pm-8pm EDT
Register: http://www.meetup.com/isoc-ny/events/212661472/
Twitter: #icann51 | #remotehub

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Call for Nominations: ISOC-NY Election 2012

isoc-nyISOC-NY is a 501(c)3 corporation, chartered by the Internet Society. Under our By-laws we have to hold an election every two years for our various offices and board of directors.

The current officers and directors terms were supposed to end on July 31 2012, and fresh terms beginning on Aug 1. However due to procrastination – July was a busy month- the election has been put off til now. But we should get it done in the next two weeks. Newly elected officers and directors terms will be backdated a month!

So, this leaves us just a matter of days to hold the 2012 election, so we’d better get on with it!!

Nominations: Aug 14 – Aug 21 2012 Midnight EST Voting: Aug 23 – Aug 29 2012 Midnight EST

According to our By-laws the offices are

1. President.
2. Executive Vice-President.
3. Administrative Vice-President.
4. Secretary
5. Assistant Secretary.
6. Treasurer.
7. Assistant Treasurer.

Only the Secretary and Treasurer are permitted to hold more than one position.

There is a minimum of 7 directors and a maximum of 15 directors.

If you look at the Community Portal you’ll see we currently have 10 directors.
The officer’s roles are clearly defined in the Bylaws. What does it mean if you become a director? Well.. it’s hoped that you will attend meetings/events, but more to the point you will be added to several mailing lists:

1) ISOC-NY BOD list, where we hash out the nitty gritty of ISOC-NY activities and policy.

2) the North American Leaders regional list, where we share thoughts with our fellow USA Chapters.

3) the Chapter Delegates list, where we share thoughts with our chapter colleagues around the world.

So, we are looking for nominations! Self-nominations are fine. Just one thing, please make sure that you are a member of the chapter! This can be done by going to https://portal.isoc.org/EBusiness/Home.aspx and checking your status. If you’re not, just join – doesn’t take a mo’!

Then send your name, with a brief statement of interest saying why you’d be a good director, to mailto:nomcom@isoc-ny.org before midnight next Tuesday Aug 21 2012. If you are also interested in standing for one of the offices say so. You will then be approved, or not, by the nominations committee.

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ISOC-NY Meeting: Introduction to Paul Brigner – Tuesday 4/3

Paul BrignerOn Tuesday, April 3rd the Internet Society’s New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) will meet with new North American Regional Bureau Director of the Internet Society, Paul Brigner. Paul has worked on policy at Verizon, and is the former CTO of the Motion Picture Association of the America (MPAA), in both of which roles he has advocated positions that might not absolutely concur with the prevailing outlook at the Chapter. He is also an active member of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

This will be an opportunity to talk to Paul about his views, ways in which the global organization can build better working relationships with its Chapters, and means of furthering ISOC’s mission of promoting an Open Internet.

Questions can be submitted in advance to Paul by emailing ISOC-NY President David Solomonoff at president@isoc-ny.org

What: Introduction to Paul Brigner
When: Tuesday April 3rd 2012, 7-9 pm
Where: Amtrak ClubAcela conference room at Penn Station, West 31st and 8th Avenue
Webcast: Will be recorded.
Who: Free and open to the public. RSVP to president@isoc-ny.org

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Video: Harlem Internet Computer Access Program

The Harlem Internet Computer Access Program (HICAP) is a volunteer program to train Seniors in online skills, now in its 3rd year, funded by an Internet Society Community Grant. The Internet Society has also commissioned the inspirational video you can view below.


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ISOC-NY Event Sat 6/18 @NYU: Beyond the Bleeding Edge: Confronting the Ghosts in the Machine

Where: Warren Weaver Hall NYU, 251 Mercer St NYC, Room 109
When: Saturday, June 18, 1-5 pm
Who: Public Welcome. Admission Free.
Webcast: http://bit.ly/isoctv

We have designed our civilization based on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up inour faces.” – Carl Sagan

Never has a clear comprehension of the technology surrounding us been more critical than today. We tell machines what to do and hope they’ll do it, and when they don’t they leave us vulnerable to technological accidents and acts of malice we cannot comprehend. This event will bring together technologists from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to explore technology on a granular level, from perspectives ranging from user behavior in virtual environments to the exploitation of functions at the hardware level.
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ISOC-NY Event: Cyrus Farivar – The Internet of Elsewhere 5/4

Cyrus FarivarOn May 4 2011 the Internet Society’s New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) will present broadcaster, author & journalist Cyrus Farivar reading and discussing his imminent (May 8 ) book ‘The Internet of Elsewhere‘ (Rutgers University Press). All welcome. There will be a live webcast.

In the book Farivar explores the Internet’s history and effects in four distinct and, to some, surprising societies — Iran, Estonia, South Korea, and Senegal. He profiles Web pioneers in these countries and, at the same time, surveys the environments in which they each work. After all, contends Farivar, despite California’s great success in creating the Internet and spawning companies like Apple and Google, in some areas the United States is still years behind other nations.

What: Cyrus Farivar – The Internet of Elsewhere
When: Wednesday 4 May 2011 7pm-9pm EDT (1100-0100 UTC)
Where: Warren Weaver Hall, rm 201, 251 Mercer Street, NY NY 10012
Webcast: http://livestream.com/internetsocietychapters
Who: Free. All welcome. Capacity limited. No RSVP reqd.
Hashtags: #isocny; #farivar
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ISOC-NY Elections 2010 – Results!

ISOC-NY is a 501(c)3 corporation, chartered by the Internet Society. Under our By-laws we have to hold elections every two years for our various offices and board of directors.

Voting is now completed in the ISOC-NY 2010 election.

The following are elected to 2 year terms commencing Aug 1 2010.

  • President
    • David Solomonoff
  • Executive Vice-President
    • Evan Korth
  • Administrative Vice-President
    • Joly MacFie
  • Secretary
    • Joly MacFie
  • Assistant Secretary
    • Richard Knipel
  • Treasurer
    • Joseph Shraibman
  • Assistant Treasurer
    • Imran Anwar
  • Director (15 positions)
    • Evan Korth
    • Joly MacFie
    • Tom Lowenhaupt
    • David Solomonoff
    • Imran Anwar
    • Lou Klepner
    • Richard Knipel
    • Hannah Kopelman
    • Glover Wright
    • Joseph Shraibman

Thankyou to everyone for taking the time to participate.

ISOC-NY extends its thanks to retiring Directors Veni Markovski, Alicia Gibb, and Dave Fletcher.

ISOC NY Election 2010 homepage : http://isoc-ny.org/wiki/Elections_2010
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ISOC-NY Member Meeting – Monday 6/14

ISOC-NY will have a planning meeting on Jun 14 2010. We will be welcoming ISOC North American Regional Bureau Manager Sally Shipman Wentworth. Sally is representing the Internet Society in planning for a Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG) so we are sure to have plenty to talk about. We intend to webcast this meeting live so that other North American Chapters can participate.

  • What: ISOC-NY Member meeting
  • When: Mon Jun 14 2010 7.00pm-9pm
  • Where: Room 412, Warren Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer Street NYC (SW corner of West 4th) (See note below)
  • Who: All are welcome. Come along for a chat!
  • Webcast: http://livestream.com/isocny

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Audio/video – ISOC-NY EVENT: dot nyc – How are we doing? May 8 @ NYU

dot nyc

** Audio and video now posted below!**

Last October the NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) issued a request for proposals for “services to obtain, manage, administer, maintain and market the geographic Top Domain name .nyc.”. At ICANN’s recent 37th meeting in Nairobi, consensus was reached on the “overarching” issue of intellectual property protection. This leaves only the issue of the final (4th) draft of the Applicants Guidebook, expected before the 38th meeting in Brussels in June 2010, before the much delayed new generic top level domain (gTLD) delegation process can finally grind into action. (One caveat – a policy forbidding cross-ownership of registries and registrars is still not totally set in stone.)

The Internet Society – New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) has for some years been following the .nyc and ICANN process on behalf of the NYC community and, on May 8 2010, hosted a seminar “dot nyc – How are we doing?” at NYU. NYC Council Member Gale Brewer delivered keynote remarks, then vendor Eric Brunner-Williams of CORE Internet Council of Registrars revealed details of their proposal to the City, and Antony Van Couvering of Minds + Machines and Public Advocate Beill DeBlasio’s earlier comments to the City Council were shown in video. There was a discussion “What’s it for?” about possible applications – civic, community, commercial, and “outside the box” – for a local top level domain. Speakers included Tom Lowenhaupt of Connecting .nyc and Richard Knipel of Wikimedia NYC.

Audio/video is below:

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ISOC-NY Event: Censorship Circumvention via Kaleidoscope – NYU 3/25

On Thurs. Mar 25 ISOC-NY hosted Prof. Jinyang Li in a talk about the use of distributed systems, and particularly the use of the Kaleidoscope Firefox plug-in, in circumventing censorship. This is part of her ongoing research into “exploiting the real world social relationships among users to improve the security and reliability of open distributed systems.” The talk explains how traditional censorship workarounds like proxies and P2P can easily be discovered and defeated, but how Kaleidoscope – which passes encrypted data through trusted relays – defies such efforts.

Video + audio is below. A DVD of this talk is available free ($5 paypal donation optional) from dvd@isoc-ny.org. Ask for DVD1725

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ISOC-NY Event: Eben Moglen ‘Freedom in the Cloud’ – 2/5/2010

Eben Moglen, Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University, and founder, Director-Counsel and Chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center, spoke about “Freedom in the Cloud: Software Freedom, Privacy and Security for Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing” on Friday, February 5, 2010.

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Q&A:

Video is below:

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Harlem Meeting 1/13/10

As you may be aware from our recent newsletter, the Internet Society has granted funds to The Harlem Computer/Internet Access Programme.

We are going to have an informal visit with the project leads next Wednesday, and would like to take this opportunity to invite anyone interested to come along.

What: Introduction to The Harlem Computer/Internet Access Programme
When: Weds 13 Jan 2010 – 6pm
Where: 10 W 138 St (off 5th Ave) (map)
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ISOC-NY Poll – Do you support Net Neutrality?

There have been two recent NYC events that have pitched supporters and opponents of Net Neutrality against each other – the TechDebate and the NYC Council Public Hearing. The FCC has mooted its six principles of net neutrality And Rep. Ed Markey has introduced the new bill H.R. 3458 aka the ‘Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009′ in Congress. For their part, Republicans have come up with two opposing bills. As noted in the Council hearing the Internet Society’s stance on this matter is somewhat neutral, suggesting that regulators concentrate on optimizing user choice.

Where do you stand? Please click the link below to vote!

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