Meeting Archive:
Why Should Our Communities Care about Internet Privacy? Open Source and Other Alternatives

Meeting Description:

RSVP Now! You Are Invited to MAG-Net's April Digital Dialogue Phonecast:

"Why Should Our Communities Care about Internet Privacy? Open Source and Other Alternatives "

Wed, April 25th: A Special Digital Dialogue & Webinar - 10am PST/1pm EST

Just last week, on April 18th, the FBI seized servers from a colocation facility shared by Riseup Networks and May First/People Link in NYC. The seized server was operated by the ECN, the oldest independent internet service provider in Europe.

Last month in March, Google launched it's new privacy policy, that would allow them to consolidate users’ data across all different platforms and services, claiming that it will improve the Internet user's experience. Last September, Facebook (FB) made a significant to its privacy policy wiping out the word "privacy" and rebranding it as a "data use" policy.  These changes give FB more power to track billions of users on the web. In Dec. 2011, FB users spent more than 9.7 billion minutes per day on FB on personal computers. Moreover, the mobile FB application is one of the most downloaded applications on all smartphones.

This is a vital issue that affects all who use and rely on the Internet to organize, to find a job, to apply for college, and for civil engagement.  Join this digital dialogue, featuring long time media justice and open source activists from May First/People Link, a politically progressive member-run and controlled organization that redefines the concept of "Internet Service Provider" in a collective way. MFPL members are organizers and activists. We will hear why these privacy and tracking issues are so important.  Guest speakers will shed light on ways we can protect our privacy on-line and introduce alternatives in the growing free software movement.    

* Consumers Union will host an event "“Facebook and Your Privacy: What every Consumer Should Know” on Thursday, May 3rd from 6-8:45pm at New York University in NYC. Please email for info.


Date: Wed, Apr 25, 2012
Time: 01:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Host(s): Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) & May First/People Link
 Presenter Information
May First / People Link Tech Collective
Guest Speakers:
Jamie McClelland, Director, May First/People Link &Technology Systems Mallory Knodel, Policy and Outreach, May First/People Link & Communications Manager, Association of Progressive Communications   
Ross Glover, Support Manager, May First/People Link
Alfredo Lopez, Technology Manager,
 The Praxis Project & Leadership Commmittee Member, May First/People Link

Moderated by Betty Yu,
 Center for Media Justice