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Membership meeting 1/30; meet Seattle CTO

Hey Seattle friends of privacy!

It’s all true: The New York Times reports that President Obama admin today permitted NSA to give raw (that is, unminimized to protect privacy) 12333 surveillance to FBI/CIA/DEA/etc., and here’s the buried lede: “…if analysts stumble across evidence that an American has committed any crime, they will send it to the Justice Department…”.

Furthermore, Rudy Guliani is going to be our nation’s CyberCyber!

Only seven days remain until a junta takes over the surveillance state.

This calls for action. Take a first step by meeting the Chief Technical Officer of the city of Seattle: a good person to talk to about how we can make our own city a refuge.

Please join us at our first general membership meeting of 2017!

When: Monday, Jan 30 545pm – 745pm
Where: Greenwood Library ( 8016 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103)

We will be in the main library meeting room, right as you come in the front door on the right. Free parking is available underneath the building until library close at 8pm; the #5 Metro bus stops directly outside the library going northbound.

Our special guest this month is Michael Mattmiller, the CTO for the City of Seattle.

Like all general Seattle Privacy meetings, the public is most welcome.

Meeting agenda:

– Open meeting with welcome (545pm)

– Intro Michael Mattmiller, CTO for the City of Seattle

10-15 min on role of city CTO generally, background of Mr Mattmiller prior to this position

30-45 min on current City activities as regards privacy (incl some limited Q&A):

– status of Seattle Privacy Initiative
– Seattle City Light programs of late,
– status of SPD mesh network downtown (still hopefully off, but?)
– SDOT networks downtown – what do they do, where are they?

Second Hour: – An open discussion on a day in the life of a Seattleite: the privacy perspective
– daily tasks/activities from privacy perspective for ‘avg’ Seattle resident
– areas of risk
– usual tradeoffs (and why choose one or another)
– mitigation strategies

– wrap up, meeting adjourn

Indivisible: A resource and roadmap to resistance

I’ll admit it; I was one of the people who never in her wildest dreams imagined that our nation would elect Trump, even with the help of Russia, hackers, voter suppression laws, and all the other evils people talked about before the election.

So I’ve been pulling myself together after a period of paralysis.

I can’t see this as anything but a huge setback for all civil rights activists everywhere.

I wonder what will happen to privacy activists as the new junta inherits the surveillance state.

Meanwhile I’m looking for ideas about resistance. This online guide, Indivisible, compiled by former progressive congressional staffers, is very aligned with the principles under which Seattle Privacy was founded: the idea that we in the public can positively influence the actions of our elected officials. At Seattle Privacy we address the municipal government, but Indivisible explains how the Tea Party managed to influence Congress, despite having a minority (and toxic) viewpoint.

In some ways “working to change the system from within” seems quaint now, in the post-Truth era. The morning of the day I wrote this, Trump declared that his takeaway from meeting with the IC was that the election was won by him fair and square. This is literally an insane interpretation of what they reported.

Anyway, I’m reading Indivisible and getting ready to go out and bother representatives at public events, and I encourage everyone interested in civil rights to do the same.

Seattle Privacy welcomes three new board members

Seattle Privacy has added three new members to our Board of Directors: Al Richardson, Will Scott, and Giri Sreenivas.

As we look ahead to the challenges facing civil rights activists, we are excited and grateful to add the wide range of expertise of these board members to our team. Al, Will, and Giri bring outreach, technical, and strategic skills to the board that are already energizing us and helping set our direction for 2017.

Al is a community and union organizer who recently relocated to Seattle from Buffalo, NY. He served as an executive member of the Buffalo Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and as the local lead for the national Fight for 15 campaign lead by SEIU.

Giri is the CEO and co-founder of Privacy Labs. He has worked on security and mobile projects at startups and large companies. Giri has enjoyed working on a wide range of projects, from developing trusted computing systems for the intelligence community to building consumer mobile experiences on Android. Most recently, he was VP/GM of Mobile at Rapid7 after they acquired Mobilisafe where he was founder/CEO. Find him on Twitter @giri_sreenivas and on the web at https://giri.co.

Will is a web hacker. He grew up in Seattle, and holds a Ph.D. from the UW Computer Science Department focused on Networks and Security. Will has helped to organize Open Seattle and TA3M, and researches Internet censorship, privacy preserving web applications, and cloud security. Find him on twitter at @willscott and on the web at wills.co.tt.

Huge welcome to Al, Giri, and Will!

For a complete list of board members, see About Seattle Privacy.

City of Seattle’s Tech Board restarts Privacy committee

Great news!

The City of Seattle’s Community Technology Advisory Board Sub-Committee for Privacy is restarting and will meet for the first time next week:

Date: October 3

Time: 6PM – 7:45PM

Location: Seattle Public Library Montlake branch, 2401 24th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

 

The committee’s new co-chairs are working with the city to get access to official communications channels and the CTAB website, but in the meantime, here’s the agenda, courtesy of Christopher Sheats.

(Full disclosure: Christopher is a Seattle Privacy board member, and one of the Co-Chairs of the city’s new committee.)

Agenda

1. Introductions

2. City of Seattle Privacy Principles + Privacy Impact Assessments

3. City of Seattle Race & Social Justice Initiative

4. City of Seattle Municipal Code 3.23: Seattle IT Department

5. City of Seattle Surveillance Ordinance

6. Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

7. Policy change opportunities for Seattle

8. Goals for by and for next meeting

 

Please attend if you can.

At Seattle Privacy, we promote engagement of technologists with municipal government to improve policies and policymaking related to privacy.

Working with CTAB is a great way for technical people in Seattle voters to meet other technologists interested in policy issues, meet policy makers, such as Seattle CTO, CPO, and legislators, and have a direct influence on city policy.

Media round-up on Seattle Smart Meters transparency to date

“As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of
fight for security info”
by Shaun Nichols, The Register
May 27, 2016
<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/27/phil_mocek_seattle_smart_meters/>

“`Chilling Attack On Free Speech’: Multinational Corporation Sues Gov’t
Transparency Watchdog MuckRock”
by Kit O’Connell, MintPress News
May 27, 2016
<https://www.mintpressnews.com/chilling-attack-free-speech-multinational-corporation-sues-govt-transparency-watchdog-muckrock/216761/>

“Court Says MuckRock Must Take Down Smart Grid Company’s Documents
Because Judge Has ‘No Time’ To Review Case Properly”
by Tim Cushing, Techdirt
May 31, 2016
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160527/08030834564/court-says-muckrock-must-take-down-smart-grid-companys-documents-because-judge-has-no-time-to-review-case-properly.shtml>