TA3M Seattle, January 2016


Techno-Activism Third Mondays (TA3M) is an informal meetup designed to connect software creators and activists who are interested in censorship, surveillance, and open technology. Currently, TA3M are held in various cities throughout the world, with many more launching in the near future. In Seattle, thanks to a special donor, there will be free pizza!

When: Monday, January 18, 2016, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Where: University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering building (CSE) room 403 [directions]

The State of Internet Censorship (7 PM)

By: Will Scott

The techniques to control access to the Internet, and the ability to bring transparency to those processes are both continuing to evolve. We’ll give an update on the landscape of online information controls, and our ability to measure them.

The talk will give an update on current country-level practices, the techniques in use to measure them, and an overview of major tools in use.

Over the past couple years, restrictions on Internet access have grown even more ubiquitous. Many take the form of URL or Domain blacklists implemented by western countries, along with increased levels of self censorship on social platforms with user generated content.

The measurement community continues to play a catch-up game. Through a mixture of watching legislature, an increased understanding of what we need to build to keep track of internet controls, and discoveries of side channels that let us externally measure connectivity, we’re making progress!

Will is a fourth year graduate student in the networks lab at the University of Washington. Over the last two years, Will has been teaching computer science in Pyongyang, North Korea. Will’s research centers on how to make a more resilient web, through working with in-browser peer-to-peer and caching, and applying operating systems lessons to web frameworks.

Introduction to Tor and Onion Services (8 PM)

By: Christopher Sheats

The Tor ecosystem, including Tor Browser, tor relays, and onion services are critical parts of your digital hygiene even if you’re not a journalist, lawyer, or domestic violence survivor. This talk will include an overview of how the Tor network works, how using Tor can protect you, Tor Browser best practices, how onion services (including “the dark web”) work, and examples for why you and the organization(s) that you work for should host an onion site along side your normal HTTPS website.

Christopher is an Encryption Evangelist at the ACLU of Washington, a board member of Seattle Privacy Coalition, a TA3M organizer, and a surveillance self-defense lecturer.

Privacy job openings!

Open Whispter Systems is looking for iOS developers, Android developers, and a Mobile UI / Product Designer.

Electronic Frontier Foundation is looking for a Criminal Defense Staff Attorney, an Activist, and a Technology Generalist. Various internships.

ACLU of Washington is looking for a Director of Accounting and Administration. Various internships.

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One Reply to “TA3M Seattle, January 2016”

  1. Hello there, I’ve got friends outside Seattle who are very interested in this kind of meetup. Will any part of this meeting or presentations be recorded or streamed?

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