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Join us at Columbia Law School as renowned security expert Bruce Schneier talks with Eben Moglen about what we can learn from the Snowden documents, the NSA's efforts to weaken global cryptography, and how we can keep our own free software tools from being subverted. The talk is open to the public and will take place in Columbia Law School's Jerome Greene Hall on Amsterdam Avenue and 116th street in New York City. The talk begins at 6:30pm EST (UTC-5).

The Annual NYC Tech Meta-Party

Join us on December 9, 2013 for the annual NYC Tech Meta-Party! Co-hosted by 15 free software organizations in the area, including our organization, the party aim to bring together those in NYC that are passionate about free software.

The event will start at 7:00pm at Suspenders Bar & Restaurant Delicious food and drinks will be provided.

You must RSVP to officemanager at softwarefreedom dot org to attend.

Co-hosts:
TA3M (Techo Activist Third Mondays)
DebianNYC (New York Debian Local Group)
DrupalNYC (Drupal New York City)
Erlang NYC (Erlang New York City)
Lopsa-NY (League of Professional System Administrators New York Chapter)
LispNYC (New York City Lisp User Group)
NYC*BUG (New York City *BSD User Group)
NYC-Clojure (NYC Clojure Users Group)
nycdevops (New York City Devops Meetup Group)
NYC-OCaml (The NYC OCaml Meetup)
NY-Haskell (New York Haskell Users Group)
NYLUG (New York Linux Users Group)
NY-Scala (New York Scala)
PuppetNYC (New York Puppet User Group)
SFLC (Software Freedom Law Center)
UNIGROUP (New York City's Unix User's Group)

Sponsors:
Our generous sponsors are covering drinks and hors d'oeuvres for the evening. The current list of sponsors includes:
TA3M
Tumblr
New York Internet
Prentice Hall (Inform IT)
Brandorr Group
PuppetLabs
Oracle Solaris
LispNYC

Additional sponsors are welcome to join in and show their support for New York City's technical community. Contact us at brian.gupta AT brandorr.com and/or george AT nycbug.org


Please join the Software Freedom Law Center and Columbia Law School for a series of talks by Eben Moglen on "Snowden and the Future" that will address the following 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?

This final part of the four part series will run from 4:30 to 5:30 on December 4th. Please join us in room 101 of Columbia Law School's Jerome Greene hall or online at http://snowdenandthefuture.info

Eben Moglen
Founder of the Software Freedom Law Center. Columbia law professor and historian. 2003 recipient of the EFF pioneer award for his role in legalizing software encryption and defending free software. 1986-87 clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US Supreme Court.


Please join the Software Freedom Law Center and Columbia Law School for a series of talks by Eben Moglen on "Snowden and the Future" that will address the following 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?

This third part in the four part series will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 on November 13th, followed by part IV on December 4th. Please join us in room 101 of Columbia Law School's Jerome Greene hall or online at http://snowdenandthefuture.info

Eben Moglen
Founder of the Software Freedom Law Center. Columbia law professor and historian. 2003 recipient of the EFF pioneer award for his role in legalizing software encryption and defending free software. 1986-87 clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US Supreme Court.


Please join the Software Freedom Law Center and Columbia Law School for a series of talks by Eben Moglen on "Snowden and the Future" that will address the following 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?

This second part in the four part series will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 on October 30th, followed by parts III on November 13th, and part IV on December 4th. Please join us in room 101 of Columbia Law School's Jerome Greene hall or online at http://snowdenandthefuture.info

Eben Moglen
Founder of the Software Freedom Law Center. Columbia law professor and historian. 2003 recipient of the EFF pioneer award for his role in legalizing software encryption and defending free software. 1986-87 clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US Supreme Court.


Please join the Software Freedom Law Center and Columbia Law School for a series of talks by Eben Moglen on "Snowden and the Future" that will address the following 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?

This first part of a four part series will run from 4:30 to 5:30 on the evening of October 9th, followed by part II on October 30th, Part III on November 13th, and part IV on December 4th. Please join us in room 101 of Columbia Law School's Jerome Greene hall or online at http://snowdenandthefuture.info

Eben Moglen
Founder of the Software Freedom Law Center. Columbia law professor and historian. 2003 recipient of the EFF pioneer award for his role in legalizing software encryption and defending free software. 1986-87 clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US Supreme Court.


Destruction of personal privacy is the first global ecological crisis of the digital era. Predictive modeling of human behavior, combined with pervasive survellance of network interaction, provides tools for the maintenance of despotism unique in human history. All political freedom now depends on restoring privacy and anonymity to the network.

Data science promises to aid fundamental breakthroughs in every aspect of the human and social sciences. Soon we will be reconsidering everything we think we know about human social action and advancing on every front in our comprehension of society. In this talk, I consider the normative responsibilities of scientists pursuing research -- and coordinating with both profit-driven and government entities -- at the intersection of the two preceding propositions.

This event is part of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering seminar series and will take place in the Davis Auditorium located at 500 West 120th Street on the Columbia University Campus. Detailed directions are available here. All are welcome.


Mishi Choudhary (Software Freedom Law Center), Deb Nicholson (Open Invention Network), Justin Colannino (Ropes & Gray LLP)

OSCon in Portland, OR
5:00pm Thursday, 07/19/2012
Business, E145

The intense commercial competition between technology companies is driving large volumes of complex and often multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. With the de facto possibility of patenting software related ideas in various countries, free and open source software developers must understand the patent risks inherent in the development and distribution of their software. This will help them cut through the patent FUD and develop real solutions to face the risk of patent aggression with the help of a collaborative ecosystem. Further, such collective thinking will ensure that we can spend less time worrying and more time accomplishing in areas crucial to innovation i.e better code and development, better documentation and a united community.

In this session lawyers from the Software Freedom Law Center and the Community Outreach Director of Open Invention Network (OIN) will discuss the current trends in software patent aggression, will provide useful information about patents and patent liability, and will explain some means to provide community defense.

More information available at the OSCon panel page.


This Sunday, Eben Moglen will be speaking at the ninth annual Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania, in midtown Manhattan. His talk will be called "How to Retrofit the First Law of Robotics"

Abstract:

We live with robots now, as we always knew we would. But they have no hands or feet. We carry them in our pockets. They see what we see. They hear what we hear. They always know where we are. But they do not work for us, and they are not programmed to obey the First Law. Profit made them, profit runs them, and they hurt us every day. Free Software can retrofit the First Law of Robotics into the robots we call cell phones, but those who control the robots don’t want freedom inside. That’s where we come in. This talk will discuss how.

HOPE Number Nine
The Hotel Pennsylvania, NYC
Sunday, 2012 July 15
1:00 PM in room "Dennis"

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