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.




Video is below:

Everyone wants a piece of you these days: Google, Facebook, Flickr, Apple, AT&T, Bing. They’ll give you free e-mail, free photo storage, free web hosting, even a free date. They just want to listen in. And you can’t wait to let them. They’ll store your stuff, they’ll organize your photos, they’ll keep track of your appointments, as long as they can watch. It all goes into the “Cloud.”

How we got here is quite a scary story. But nowhere near as scary as getting out again. Eben Moglen, a Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University and the founding director of the Software Freedom Law Center, warned you about privacy and the cloud before. At a public meeting of the Internet Society of New York on February 5, Moglen asked you to consider how much worse things have become since then and explain what you can do to reclaim your freedom in the era of Web 2.0.

ogv | ipod | stills | youtube

ogv | ipod | stills | youtube

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

  1. I hope this will be recorded and published like the previous talk? The rapid release of the recording last time was superb.

  2. I’ll certainly be tuning into the live Webcast. Eben is AMAZING–and a great speaker. Will there be a way for remote participants to submit questions? What’s the Twitter hashtag?

  3. I find it ironic that this is being broadcast in a format that I can not watch because I run a free software operating system, Trisquel, and refuse to install nonfree software on my machine such as Adobe Flash. The ISOC used to be very good at running their own free software, but the current ISOC-NY site seems to mostly consist of interfaces to nonfree web 2.0 cloud services many of which use nonfree formats such as Flash. Hopefully someone will make the talk available in Ogg Theora after it is complete, perhaps using – and hopefully Eben’s talk will have an effect on ISOC-NY leadership.

  4. I totally agree with Daniel. Format does, usually, matter for people who’re interested in this talk (and probably other talks as well).

  5. You will find it already posted in ogg above, ogv is coming. We have always posted free software related events in open formats. Unfortunately our streaming provider only utilizes flash. If you could educate us to an alternative free (as in no cost) provider utilizing a free (as in freedom) method we’ll be happy to investigate.


  6. Insightful talk about web services with spying as a business model. Made me realise how many bugging devices I am carrying around while using the internet. If you aren’t using something like NoScript or EasyPrivacy, the following companies already now that you have read my comment: Quantserve, ShareThis, WordPress, Google, Gravatar, …. I apologize for Gravatar. That’s my fault.

  7. Thanks for feedback, Matthew! should now work.

    I believe the problem in the html5 was caused by the fact that I didn’t have the entire ‘Video’ statement on one line and thus WordPress was throwing in spurious linebreak code. Try it now. What browser?

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