August 3, 2009 (All day)

Video and chat of this event was archived, and is available online.

The recent protests over the elections in Iran have shown that social media can be a force for good -- and a target for misinformation and censorship. How can technologists build tools for freedom, and defend Net users across the world?

Monday August 3rd - 7 pm to 9 pm

Danny O'Brien is EFF's International Outreach Coordinator. He works to help us collaborate with organizations and individuals fighting for liberties across the world. Danny has documented and fought for digital rights in the UK for over a decade, where he also assisted in building tools of open democracy like Fax Your MP. He founded the award-winning NTK newsletter, has written and presented science and travel shows for the BBC, performed a solo show about the Net in the London's West End, and once successfully lobbied a cockney London pub to join Richard M. Stallman in a spontaneous demonstration of Bulgarian folk dance.

Cyrus Farivar is a freelance technology journalist, a freelance radio reporter/producer, and is a wanderlust geek who lives in the city of Oakland, California. He regularly reports for National Public Radio, The World (WGBH/PRI/BBC), and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He also freelances for The Economist, Foreign Policy, Slate, The New York Times, Popular Mechanics, and Wired. He is currently working on a book, The Internet of Elsewhere, about the history and effects of the Internet on different countries around the world, including Senegal, Iran, Estonia and South Korea. It is due out from Rutgers University Press in 2010.

Jacob Appelbaum is a resident of San Francisco, California, and works on the anonymizing proxy system, the Tor project. He is the executive director and a founder of the hackerspace Noisebridge, located in San Francisco. He is also a photographer and ambassador for the art group monochrom.

PariSoma coworking space
1436 Howard (at 10th) in SF

This event is hosted by PariSoMa a coworking space in San Francisco that provides desks, wifi and coffee to independents and startups. Our goal is to work as a platform for communities to foster innovation, collaboration and collective intelligence.

$20 Admission; no one turned away for lack of funds

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