October 2013 Speaker 1:
Noah Swartz, “Announcing the Seattle Aaron Swartz Hackathon”
Noah Swartz will be briefly announcing an upcoming event, the “Seattle Aaron Swartz Hackathon”, taking place November 8-10. This will be part of a second set of global hackathons centered around Aaron’s work and legacy, with the hope of fostering a recurring bi-yearly event promoting social and technical activism. While goal of the event is to continue the Aaron started, what Noah needs help with is figuring out what current problems need solutions, as well as finding local participants and project ideas for this hackathon. The event will happen simultaneously with a number of other coordinated events around the world, but the Seattle event will need to have it’s own specific projects to work on, so please start thinking of ideas to give Noah.
October 2013 Speaker 2:
Jeremy Johnson, “Protecting your privacy, anonymity and security with Linux and Open Source tools”
Our first speaker is Jeremy Johnson. In this presentation, “Protecting your privacy, anonymity and security with Linux and Open Source tools”, Jeremy gives an overview of the available tools and configurations for basic through advanced level security and privacy measures. He will discuss example configurations, communication methods, and on-going operational security. All slides and presentation notes will be available for download. The talk will not include specific instructions for setup, but will have several resources available in the downloadable materials. If conditions allow, Jeremy will have a QubesOS laptop for demonstrations and hands-on purposes.
Jeremy has been using UNIX/Linux since 1996 both personally and professionally. While Ubuntu/Debian based distributions are his current platforms, Jeremy remains agnostic about which OS is superior as they all have strengths and weaknesses. Since 2001, Jeremy has been concerned about privacy and users’ rights and has been doing something about it since 2004. The latest NSA revelations have spurred him to share with anybody who will listen (and sometimes those who won’t) the tools and techniques that he uses. Jeremy currently works as a System Security Administrator at a Tribal Casino but has been a Database Administrator, Web Developer, HIPAA Compliance Officer, Network Engineer, and a UNIX Administrator in the past. For fun, he volunteers with a Mountain Rescue unit and attends the annual DefCon conference, a large and popular hacker conference.
October 2013 Speaker 3:
Jamela Debelak, “Reigning in Government Surveillance in Washington”
Our second speaker is Jamela Debelak. In this presentation, “Reigning in Government Surveillance in Washington”, Jamela will be speaking about the ACLU-WA’s work focused on government use of surveillance technology. She will discuss various types of new technology such as automated license plate readers and drones and what the ACLU-WA is doing to ensure that government use of these technologies does not infringe upon our privacy rights.
Jamela Debelak is the Technology and Liberty Director at the ACLU of Washington where she works to promote technology policy that protects and advances civil liberties in Washington. Prior to joining the ACLU-WA, she was Executive Director of the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School. While there, she led research and programming on issues related to children’s privacy, internet intermediary liability and online speech. She previously worked as an attorney at Dechert LLP in Philadelphia and New York, specializing in corporate and intellectual property issues. Jamela graduated magna cum laude from Temple University School of Law in 2005 and holds an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University.
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