#SharetheNet: Support Cuban Net Freedom, Community Networks on #GivingTuesday


The Internet Society New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) is now supporting other organizations that share our vision of open technology for social good.

Today, Tuesday, December 1, ISOC-NY sponsors our first crowdfunding campaign as part of #GivingTuesday, a global campaign for charitable giving as an alternative to Black Friday.

#SharetheNet will fund Apretaste, an initiative that brings Internet access to Cuba, and NYC Mesh, a wireless community network in NYC.

This is a critical point in the evolution of the Internet:Will the Net remain open and accessible to all – or locked down by repressive governments and corporate monopolies?

The ISOC-NY answer to that question is:

Empower Internet users to build their own Net and share it!

We’re asking your help to raise $152,000 in 24 hours to to make this happen.

Every dollar you give helps the open Net.

For Apretaste:

  • $6 provides one Cuban Internet user access that bypasses government censors
  • $120 connects 20 Cubans to the Net
  • $480 funds 80 Cubans to the Net as well as the development of an online encyclopedia, maps, store and weather service

Help Apretaste now

For NYC Mesh:

  • $65 buys a router with open source software for an NYC resident so they can cut the cord to monopoly ISP’s
  • $480 buys an antenna and sector radio to improve WiFi reception in lower Manhattan and the North and South side of Brooklyn
  • $2400 creates a supernode that connects one neighborhood to the next

Help NYC Mesh now

This is also a critical point for ISOC-NY – we’re asking for your help so our Chapter can take the lead in building an Internet that is truly for everyone.

There are many ways to get involved in #GivingTuesday. I encourage you to join the movement and visit to learn more about how you can make a difference.

David Solomonoff, President ISOC-NY

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INET New York: An Open Forum on the Copyright Alert System – Nov 15 @ New York Law School

INET New YorkOn Thursday November 15 2012 the Internet Society’s North American Bureau in collaboration with its New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) will present INET New York: An Open Forum on The Copyright Alert System – a half-day conference at New York Law School. Public advocacy organizations and Internet users will have the opportunity to participate in a multistakeholder dialogue on key issues relating to the Copyright Alert System (CAS) – sometimes called the 6 strikes program, and due to kick off on November 28 2012 – with representatives and members of the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) which is administering the system.

Registration is now open (free), and you can also ask questions in advance, via the links below. It is not necessary to register for the webcast, but you can via our meetup group.

What: INET New York: An Open Forum on The Copyright Alert System
When: November 15 2012 – 3-7pm
Twitter: #inetny | #copyright | #6strikes
Registration: (free)
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ISOC-NY Event – Jan 5: New Techniques for Protecting Cloud Data and Security

ISOC-NY & NY Tech. CouncilThe New York Technology Council and Internet Society New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) on Jan 5 2012 will present a joint event “New Techniques for Protecting Cloud Data and Security” – a review of new research, including techniques for data encryption and management, that promises to make the cloud a safer place.

The event is free. Please be sure to register at the link below.

What: New Techniques for Protecting Cloud Data and Security
When: Thursday January 5, 2012, 6pm-8pm
Where: Parsons Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Avenue, NYC
Who: Free for ISOC-NY & NYTECH members. Free for non-members.
Webcast: Will be taped for later viewing
Twitter: #cloud, #security, @ISOCNY, @nytechcouncil
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OneWebDay – Wed Sep 22 2010 – NYC events

OneWebDay 2010 NYCThe 5th annual OneWebDay global celebration will take place on Wednesday September 22 2010. Two events are planned for the day in New York City. Two further events will occur over the course of the rest of the week. Join the NYC group at



Wed Sep 22 2010: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Harlem Internet Computer Access Project

The Chauncey Hooper Towers
10 West 138th Street
Harlem, USA 10037 (map)

At this event we plan to meet up with some of the seniors who have been learning Internet skills through this valuable program, and to introduce them to the new NYCwiki neighborhood initiative. It is hoped they can be persuaded to contribute to the project their memories, and even photographs of their mementos, of the good old days.


Wed Sep 22 2010: 5 pm – 6.45 pm
ISOC-NY OneWebDay 2010

Warren Weaver Hall NYU – Rm. 512
251 Mercer St, NYC 10012 (map)

At this event Alex Goldman will make a presentation on this year’s OneWebDay theme of recognizing three core Internet principles:
* The end-to-end principle
* Open Internetworking
* The Internet Model

This will be followed by an open discussion on the state of the Internet, and also the development of OneWebDay itself.


Thu Sep 23 2010: 8.30 am – 7.30pm
Open Hardware Summit

New York Hall of Science.
47-01 111th Street Queens, NY 11368 (map)

The devices that attach to the Internet are as important as the network itself. The freedom to develop new devices requires the same kind of open generative frameworks that have broken open the programming world. A prelude to the Maker Faire that will happen in the same venue over the weekend, at this – the first conference of its kind – open source hardware producers will come together to hammer out some of the basics.
* Registration required – It’s almost sold out so get in fast!


Fri September 24: Noon – 6.30 pm
Sat September 25: 9 am – 8.30 pm

New York Law School
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013 (map)

Innovate/Activate is an Unconference on IP and Activism, presented by the Institute for Information Law & Policy at NYLS, and cosponsored by the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. The stated purpose is to “reexamine our approaches to improving global welfare by identifying new and existing IP-related challenges to activism, developing strategies for overcoming IP obstacles, and delivering practical solutions to spur social, political, environmental, scientific, technological and legal change.”
* Registration required
* Joly MacFie of ISOC-NY will be on the Replicate / Recreate panel on Sep 24 at 1:15-2:45 pm

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

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** 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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Harlem Internet Computer Access Program – Registration & Orientation 3/18

HICAPWalker, wheelchair, cane, gurney or by foot.. All are welcome to the Harlem Internet Computer Access Program!

Explore this opportunity to be immersed in information about the latest technological advancements in computers and the Internet in a hands-on, stress-free environment &
*Access the Internet
*Establish an e-mail address
*Source resources via the Internet
*View current health and longevity data
*Correspond with loved ones and much more!

**** Registration & Orientation ****

Thursday, March 18th, 2010 from 1 pm – 3 pm

The Chauncey Hooper Towers
10 West 138th Street
Harlem, USA 10037

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Webcast: New York Tech Council – Tech Trends for 2010 1/14/2010

On Jan 14 2010 the newly formed New York Technology Council held its second public meeting in the form of a panel discussion on the topic “Technology Trends for 2010“. Representatives of Google and Microsoft were joined by City Council member Gale Brewer to pontificate on what the new year might bring.

Audio is here. Video is below.
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Social Media Week: Feb 1-5 2010

2010 marks the second year of Social Media Week. The week-long conference, started last year in NYC, has now gone global with events also happening in Toronto, São Paulo, London, and Berlin. Over the course of the week and in each city, programs will span a variety of formats, ranging from talks, presentations and panel discussions, to interactive workshops, seminars, networking events and drinks receptions.

Each event, including the live stream and backchannel conversations will be hosted on the Social Media Week website, allowing for participants from around the world and across multiple cities to take part in the conference. In NYC thanks to sponsorship from meebo and PepsiCo many events are free.

  • SMW Global blog is at
  • The SMWNYC schedule is at
  • Follow SMYNYC at
  • NYC Twitter hashtag is #smwnyc
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  • NY Tech Community Holiday Party – 12/21/09

    ISOC-NY is happy to once again be a community sponsor of the NY Tech Community Holiday Party. This is the premium event of the holiday season, if not the entire year, when the City’s tech community gets together to not just network and grab sponsor freebies, but to have a jolly good time. It’s always well attended so RSVP ASAP!!

    What: NY Tech Community Holiday Party
    When: Monday December 21 2009 7pm
    Where: Forum, 127 Fourth Avenue (bet 12th & 13th)

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    NYC Council Hearing on Innovation 12/16/09

    NYCNew York, NY – On Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 10 AM in the Council Chambers of City Hall, the New York City Council Committees on Technology in Government and Small Business held a joint public hearing to examine how small technology start-ups are surviving in this tough economy.  This hearing will help the Council understand the dynamics behind successful firms as well as what options are available to the City in aiding these important businesses in their struggle to remain competitive and viable in a global environment.

    Archived webcast and the twitter feed are embedded below.

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    TEDxNYED: NYC March 2010

    tedxnyTEDxNYED will be an all day conference in NYC on Mar 6, 2010. It is designed to examine education and the impact of new media and technology. Speakers are challenged to share innovative insights and inspire conversations about the future of education. Attendees are challenged to rise to the occasion: learn for themselves, educate each other and, following the spirit of TED, spread these ideas.

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    Electronic Recycling – November 22nd

    upper_green_side Upper Green Side will be hosting an Electronics Recycling Event at the First Avenue Greenmarket this Sunday. They will be collecting cell phones, computers, laptops, copiers, fax machines, IPods and PDAs, modems, monitors, keyboards, mouses, printers, stereo and radio equipment, telephones and telephone equipment, televisions, typewriters, speakers, digital cameras, VCRs and DVD players. All e-waste collected will be recycled in an environmentally responsible manner here in the U.S.

    WHAT: Electronics Recycling Event
    WHEN: Sunday, November 22, 2009 – 8 a.m. to 3 PM
    WHERE: West Side of First Avenue between 93rd & 94th Streets
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