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  • joly 3:13 pm on 10/28/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: INET San Francisco – Cyber #Surveillance Public Forum #inetsf #prism @internetsociety 

    INET San FranciscoOn October 2 2013 the Internet Society San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and CNET hosted INET San Francisco – a live discussion on the complex implications of Government Internet surveillance.

    INET San Francisco comprised two components: first, a discussion featuring two experts on public policy and cyber surveillance. Alexander Abdo, a staff attorney with the National Security Program for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Nate Cardozo, Staff Attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) digital civil liberties team.; second, a panel took audience questions and discussed the relative merits of each speaker’s proposed approach. Panelists: Susan Freiwald, Professor, University of San Francisco Law School , Matthew Sundquist, Former Facebook Privacy Team Member and Co-founder of Plot.ly, Declan McCullagh (moderator), Chief Political Correspondent, CNET, and Paul Brigner, North America Regional Bureau Director, Internet Society.  The event was webcast live on the Internet Society livestream channel. Video is below.

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/qlX_TsEDcds
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/QWj7OK0pRFar/
    Agenda: http://www.internetsociety.org/inet-san-francisco/sessions
    Twitter: #inetsf | #surveillance

    • Charles Oloo 1:30 am on 10/03/2013 Permalink | Reply

      This is a very important topic and I wish I could participate. I would have wished to attend in person but time cannot allow as am only seeing it now. Kenya is currently faced with numerous challenges if insecurity and this forum would have provided an ideal opportunity to engage and learn from experts. However, I hope that the outcome/results will be made available so that we can grasp something useful to apply in our fragile situation.

      We are currently planning to hold a similar “workshop” to brainstorm and try find applicable long term solutions and mitigating measures. Any seeking experts, or institutions willing to partners with us in this endeavor are welcome.

    • Marrcos 6:19 pm on 10/07/2013 Permalink | Reply

      You have to check banamo.com – encrypted social communicator

  • joly 12:57 pm on 10/23/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    ISOC-NY TV show 2pm today: Cyber Surveillance Public Forum #inetsf #surveillance 

    isoc ny tvToday, Wednesday October 23 2013, the ISOC-NY TV show will  present an edited version of the webcast of the Cyber Surveillance Public Forum hosted by our SF Bay Area Chapter on October 2 2013. The discussion features two experts on public policy and cyber surveillance -Alexander Abdo, a staff attorney with the National Security Program for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Nate Cardozo, Staff Attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) digital civil liberties team, moderated by Declan McCullagh, Chief Political Correspondent, CNET. The show, which airs from 2-3pm, may be viewed via Manhattan Cable or online via the MNN website.

    What: ISOC-NY TV Show – Cyber Surveillance Public Forum
    Where: Manhattan Neighborhood Network
    When: Wednesday October 23 2013 2pm-3pm EDT | 1800-1900 UTC
    Manhattan Cable: TWC 56 | RCN 83 | FiOS 34
    Webcast: http://www.mnn.org/live/2-lifestyle-channel

  • joly 2:33 pm on 10/09/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST TODAY 1630EDT: Snowden and The Future w/ Eben Moglen #surveillance @futuresnowden #netfreedom 

    Eben Moglen - Snowden and the FurureToday, Wednesday October 9 2013 at 4:30pm, Eben Moglen will give the first of his series of talks ‘Snowden and The Future‘ at Columbia Law School. The talks will address the questions: What has Edward Snowden done to change the course of human history? How does the evolution of surveillance since World War II threaten democracy? What does it mean that information can be both so powerful and so easily spread? In a network embracing all of humanity, how does democracy survive our desire for security? The talk will be webcast live by the Software Freedom Law Center.

    What: Eben Moglen – Snowden and The Future
    Where: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Rm 101, NYC
    When: Wednesday October 9 2013 4:30-5.30 pm | 1230-1330 UTC
    Webcast: http://snowdenandthefuture.info/
    Twitter: @futuresnowden

  • joly 6:08 am on 09/10/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    @InternetSociety statement on U.S. Government encryption circumvention #netfreedom 

    Internet_SocietyThe Internet Society has issued a statement in response to recent continuing reports alleging systematic United States government efforts to circumvent Internet security mechanisms. In it Internet Society President and CEO, Lynn St. Amour is quoted as saying “If true, these reports describe government programmes that undermine the technical foundations of the Internet and are a fundamental threat to the Internet’s economic, innovative, and social potential. Any systematic, state-level attack on Internet security and privacy is a rejection of the global, collaborative fabric that has enabled the Internet’s growth to extend beyond the interests of any one country.”

    The statement concludes with a general call for action by the Internet community.

    The Internet has tremendous potential for economic and social good, but unless all stakeholders trust the Internet as a safe place for business, social interaction, academic enquiry, and self-expression, those economic and social benefits are put at risk. To fulfill its potential, the Internet must be underpinned by the right combination of technology, operational processes, legislation, policy, and governance. The recent reports suggest that U.S. Government programmes have systematically undermined some or all of those measures, and that is why we view the revelations with such grave concern.

    With this mind, we issue these calls to action for the global community:

    • To every citizen of the Internet: let your government representatives know that, even in matters of national security, you expect privacy, rule of law, and due process in any handling of your data.

    Security is a collective responsibility that involves multiple stakeholders.  In this regard, we call on:

    • Those involved in technology research and development: use the openness of standards processes like the IETF to challenge assumptions about security specifications.
    • Those who implement the technology and standards for Internet security: uphold that responsibility in your work, and be mindful of the damage caused by loss of trust.
    • Those who develop products and services that depend on a trusted Internet: secure your own services, and be intolerant of insecurity in the infrastructure on which you depend.
    • To every Internet user: ensure you are well informed about good practice in online security, and act on that information. Take responsibility for your own security.

    At the Internet Society, we remain committed to advancing work in areas such as browser security, privacy settings, and digital footprint awareness in order to help users understand and manage their privacy and security.  The citizens of the Internet deserve a global and open platform for communication built on solid foundations of security and privacy.

  • joly 2:32 am on 08/05/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    @InternetSociety Board of Trustees Calls on the Global Internet Community to Stand Together to Support Open Internet Access, Freedom, and Privacy #netfreedom 

    isocInternet Society Press Release

    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.”

    • Friar Charles B. A. Hanley ofm Cap. 12:59 pm on 08/05/2013 Permalink | Reply

      I, salute, and applaud the ISOC position and efforts to keep the Internet Free.
      Liberty and Prosperity for All!
      You are not alone and are in my prayers for every success.
      Friar Charles B.A. Hanley ofm Cap.

    • Warmen (@Jkillyan) 10:41 am on 08/06/2013 Permalink | Reply

      It’s going to be a though fight bu we must prevale in this, because no one can rule the Internet. It’s free.

    • O'Brien Uzoechi 11:10 am on 08/12/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Over regulation on the Internet usage will seriously dampen the very spirit of liberality that set it up in the first place. We should do all we can to stem the ugly slide!

  • joly 2:55 pm on 07/21/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: Safeguarding Human Rights in Times of Surveillance @oti #netfreedom #Q4LaRue 

    On July 16 2013 the Open Technology Institute and Global Partners presented Safeguarding Human Rights in Times of Surveillance in Washington DC. The event’s featured speaker was Frank La Rue, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression. His talk was followed by a roundtable discussion with Rebecca Mackinnon, Cynthia Wong, and Carolina Rossini, moderated by Gene Kimmelman. Video is below.

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/FC9daaaaznI
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/dsvs5yGV5U8X/
    Twitter: #q4larue

  • joly 5:16 am on 07/18/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    MEETUP WEDNESDAY: #Surveillance, #Cybersecurity, and the Future of the Internet @isocny @isocdc #privacy #nsa #prism 

    Surveillance, Cybersecurity, and the Future of the InternetNext Wednesday July 24 2013 from 11am-5.30pm the Internet Society’s New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) will be joining together with the Internet Society’s North America Bureau to present Surveillance, Cybersecurity, and the Future of the Internet – linked events in both cities to discuss the recent revelations on surveillance, and to consider their effect on not only Internet users, but also the future development of the Internet itself. The NYC presentations will be from 11am-1pm at the IMC Lab in Chelsea. The DC forum, known as INET DC, will be from 2pm-5.30pm at George Washington University. For the entire event there will be a skype link between the two locations, which will also be webcast on separate livestream channels. Further remote participation will be available via the respective livestream chats.  No registration is needed for the webcasts. No live captions, sorry. Admission is to the locations is open to the public and free, please register at the links below.

    What: Surveillance, Cybersecurity, and the Future of the Internet
    Where: NYC and Washington DC
    When: Wednesday July 24 2013 from 11am-5.30pm EDT | 1500-2330 UTC
    Twitter: #surveillance, #isocny, #inetdc

    New York (Presentations 11am-1pm)
    Where: IMC Lab + Gallery, 56 W. 22nd St. 6th floor NYC
    Webcast: http://bit.ly/isoctv
    Register: http://www.meetup.com/isoc-ny/events/130164862/ or email admin@isoc-ny.org
    -The Changing Threat Landscape – Tom Brennan, OWASP
    -Helping At-Risk Populations: Whistleblowers and Dissidents – Jochai Ben Avie, Access
    -New Immersive Technologies, New Threats – Ellen Pearlman, Volumetric Society

    Washington (Forum 2pm-5.30pm)
    Where: George Washington University – Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom
    Agenda: https://www.internetsociety.org/inet-washington-dc/sessions
    Webcast: https://new.livestream.com/internetsociety/INETDC2013
    Register: https://www.internetsociety.org/form/inet-washington-dc
    Press release: http://www.internetsociety.org/news/inet-washington-dc-explore-surveillance-cybersecurity-and-future-internet
    Flyer: http://bit.ly/inetdcflyer
    -Paul Brigner, Regional Bureau Director, North America, Internet Society
    -John Curran, President & CEO, American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
    -Laura DeNardis, Professor, American University School of Communications
    -Leslie Harris, President & CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology;
    -Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies
    -Lance Hoffman, Distinguished Research Professor, The George Washington University;
    -Randy Marchany, IT Security Officer, Virginia Tech
    -Steve Roberts, J.B. and M.C. Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs,The George Washington University
    -Lynn St. Amour, President & CEO, Internet Society
    -Daniel Weitzner, Director, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab

    The speakers:

    Tom Brennan, Open Web Application Security Project, owasp.org – Self-Taught from the days of CP/M & 8-bit computers and a set of lock-picks the hobby moved quickly from BBS antics to mainstream. Over the past two decades, Tom has worn may hats providing architecture, development, administration, security and product management. His experiences range from the United States Marines Corps, to the algorithmic trading on Wall Street. Active Community Projects include: US DoD – ISO/IEC CS1 SC27 Ad-Hoc Working Group, National Board of Information Security Examiners (NBISE), Conference Chair, Security Conference: AppSecUSA 2013 – http://www.appsecusa.org

    Jochai Ben Avie, Policy Director, Access International, http://accessnow.org – Jochai is a wonk by training. At Access, he heads up the policy team, crafting pragmatic and principled policy guidance on issues surrounding digital due process, data protection, network interference, telecom and spectrum policy, and internet governance reform. Prior to his time at Access, he researched terrorism and reconciliation, the rise of public education, and the relationship between stress and coping. Jochai graduated summa cum laude from Bard College at Simon’s Rock with a BA in Political Science and Social Psychology.

    Ellen Pearlman, Volumetric Society, http://nyc.volumetric.org – Ellen is Director and Curator of the 3D Volumetric Society of New York and recently presented at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia as part of Cyberfest, the only festival of new media in Russia. Ellen Pearlman’s blog “Planet 3D,” http://artdis.tumblr.com on breakthroughs in 3D, new media, telematics and digital art was a finalist for the highly competitive Andy Warhol Arts Writers Grant.

    Paul Brigner, Regional Bureau Director, North America, Internet Society – Paul Brigner is Regional Director of the North American Bureau at the Internet Society where he oversees projects, initiatives and activities across the Internet Society’s functional and programmatic areas in the United States and Canada.

    John Curran, President & CEO, American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) – John Curran is the President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), responsible for leading the organization in its mission of managing the distribution of Internet number resources in its geographic region. He was also a founder of ARIN and served as its Chairman from inception through early 2009.

    Laura DeNardis, Professor, American University – Dr. Laura DeNardis is a globally recognized Internet governance scholar and an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC.

    David S. Dolling, Dean, George Washington University, School of Engineering and Applied Science – David S. Dolling began his tenure as dean of GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Science on September 1, 2008.

    Leslie Harris, President & CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology – A recognized global leader in Internet policy, Leslie Harris is the President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology (“CDT”) http://www.cdt.org, the leading Internet freedom organization working at the vanguard of technology and policy innovation.

    Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies – Melissa Hathaway is President of Hathaway Global Strategies, LLC and a Senior Advisor at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Ms. Hathaway served in two Presidential administrations, and brings a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional perspective to strategic consulting and strategy formulation for public and private sector clients.

    Lance J. Hoffman, Distinguished Research Professor, George Washington University’s Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute – Dr. Lance J. Hoffman is known for his pioneering research on computer security and risk analysis, and for his interdisciplinary work in computer privacy issues.

    Randy Marchany, University Information Technology Security Officer, Virginia Tech – Randy Marchany has been involved in the computer industry since 1972.

    Steve Roberts, Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University – A well-known commentator on many Washington-based TV shows, Roberts also appears regularly as a political analyst on the ABC radio network and is a substitute host on NPR’s “Diane Rehm Show.” As a teacher, he lectures widely on American politics and the role of the news media. Since 1997 he has been the Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, where he has taught for the last 21 years.

    Lynn St.Amour, President & CEO, Internet Society – Lynn St.Amour is President/CEO of the Internet Society. She joined the Internet Society in 1998 as Executive Director of its Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) division. She became global Executive Director and COO in 1999 and held that position until her appointment as President and CEO in February of 2001.

    Daniel J. Weitzner, Director & Co-Founder, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) – CSAIL studies the relationship between network architecture and public policy, and develops new Web architectures to meet policy challenges such as privacy and intellectual property rights. He teaches Internet public policy in MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. From 2011-2012, Weitzner was the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House, where he led initiatives on online privacy, cybersecurity, Internet copyright, and trade policies to promote the free flow of information.


    The event will tackle the complex implications of recently revealed government surveillance programs around the world.

    The Internet Society and others have expressed concern that policies that result in the unwarranted collection, storage, and potential correlation of user data undermine many of the key principles and relationships of trust upon which the global Internet is based. The Internet Society notes that information about a startling number of programs by governments around the world has emerged in recent weeks; developments that we believe will have a chilling effect on the growth of the Internet and the realization of its full potential as a trusted medium for free expression and creativity.

    This forum will examine how to balance objectives for openness, global interoperability, and security in an online world and whether the vision of an open, innovative Internet can persist in an environment of online surveillance and data collection.  Can we achieve a balance between national security, privacy, and free expression or do users have to be willing to compromise?

    “It’s clear that recent reports about a government surveillance program have driven a strong public reaction, with reverberations and implications for Internet users, architecture, governance and more,” said Paul Brigner, Regional Bureau Director, North America, of the Internet Society. “This event will provide an open forum for dialogue so that all interested stakeholders understand the issues at hand and what is at stake regarding interrelated principles of privacy, security, reliability, and user choice.”



  • joly 11:50 am on 06/13/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald keynote at Freedom to Connect 2013 #f2c #netfreedom #prism 

    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.

    View on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jmvwFt-yPeo
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/l6eeaB3njLf9/

  • joly 3:50 pm on 06/12/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    @InternetSociety Statement on the Importance of Open Global Dialogue Regarding Online Privacy #prism #privacy 

    Internet_SocietyThe Internet Society has issued a statement regarding the recent Internet snooping revelations:

    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.


    Twitter: #prism

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