Archives: Open Technology Institute Events

InSecurity: Race, Surveillance and Privacy in the Digital Age

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 6:30pm
Now more than ever, digital tools sit at a precarious tipping point, and many question whether they will be used to address pre-existing
disparities, or further entrench them. Specifically, the Internet and new networked technologies often increase the threat of mass surveillance and digital discrimination against communities of color, migrant and low-wage workers, and low-income families, amplifying problems of criminalization, deportation, poverty and overall insecurity.

The Technology Deficit: Attracting Tech Talent into Government and Civil Society

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 9:00am
Technology is a powerful force in our daily lives and in the functioning of government and global markets. Yet today there are too few talented people with technical expertise in government and civil society. This talent gap hinders government from effectively serving its citizens, and has a negative impact on the quality of social debate and regulatory decision-making around technology policy. 

Dragnet Nation

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 5:00pm
In her new book, Julia Angwin reports from the front lines of America’s surveillance economy, a revelatory and unsettling look at how the government, private companies, and even criminals use technology to indiscriminately sweep up vast amounts of our personal data. 

Implementing the PCAST Spectrum Sharing Report

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 2:00pm
At a time when Congress and the FCC was focused solely on spectrum auctions as a way to meet exploding mobile device data demand, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in 2012 recommended a parallel path to bandwidth abundance: opening a “spectrum superhighway” on underutilized military and other Federal government airwaves.  President Obama last year issued an executive order putting the Administration squarely behind spectrum sharing as a technical and economic underpinning of America’s wireless future.

The Global War for Internet Governance with Dr. Laura DeNardis

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 4:00pm
Despite its wide reach and powerful global influence, the Internet is a medium uncontrolled by any one centralized system, organization, or governing body, a reality that has given rise to all manner of free-speech issues and cybersecurity concerns. In her book The Global War for Internet Governance, Internet governance scholar and American University professor, Laura DeNardis reveals the inner power structure of Internet governance on the international scene and explores the characteristics of Internet Governance that will ultimately determine Internet freedom. 

Transatlantic Solutions to Government Surveillance

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 12:15pm
Last year, revelations about the National Security Agency's digital surveillance created a breach of trust between the United States and close international allies. European citizens, in Germany in particular, remain concerned about the state and scope of both NSA activity as well as the online spying activity of their own governments.  

Controlling Surveillance: Export Controls as a Tool for Internet Freedom

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 1:00pm
“A retail market for surveillance tools has sprung up from ‘nearly zero’ in 2001 to about $5 billion a year”, the Wall Street Journal reported in 2011. Governments around the world increasingly rely on the private sector and commercial technologies for monitoring and surveillance, including technology made in the U.S. and Europe.

Super Wi-Fi, Incentive Auctions and the Emerging Unlicensed Economy

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 12:15pm
The airwaves that are open and unlicensed already generate more than $220 billion a year through Wi-Fi and other technologies for the U.S. economy.  And unlicensed access to vacant TV Band spectrum - the TV White Spaces - has already spurred deployments to connect unserved rural households and at universities and libraries. 

Civil Rights and Big Data

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:00am
How will new, innovative technologies benefit all individuals and help alleviate social and economic inequalities? As the urge to collect and categorize vast quantities of data about our digital behavior becomes more widespread, big data presents new opportunities and profound challenges for individuals' civil liberties and civil rights, and especially for communities of color, women, and other historically disadvantaged groups. 

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 9:00am
As more and more teens communicate through popular social media platforms, concerns about their digital privacy, safety, and mental health are becoming ever more audible. But how exactly is social media woven into teens' lives, and how effective are efforts to "protect" teenage users online? 
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