Potentially interesting lecture if you're in the Bay Area

From: alli...@stanford.edu
Reply-To: alli...@stanford.edu
Subject: Liberation Technology 10/7/2010 -- Lessons from the Haystack Affair
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 13:40:55 -0700 (PDT)

     STANFORD FREEMAN SPOGLI INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

The Stanford Program on Liberation Technology Seminar Series is starting
up again. The first of the series will be held on Sept 23, 4:30pm
at Wallenberg Hall. As an EE380 attendee you may find this series of
lectures at the cust of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and
Social Science his stimulating and informative series.

                  Lessons from the Haystack Affair

October 7, 2010
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Wallenberg Theater
Wallenberg Hall
450 Serra Mall, Building 160


Abstract

Haystack, a circumvention tool, emerged in the wake of
the repression after the Iranian election of June 2009.
After achieving considerable public prominence, its use and
distribution was recently halted. Important questions have
been raised about Haystack's effectiveness and security,
as well as the roots of its reputation.

Evgeny Morozov, who emerged as a leading critic of Haystack,
and Daniel Colascione, who wrote the Haystack code, will
discuss the Haystack experience and the lessons it carries for
circumvention technologies and, more broadly, for the evaluation
and political deployment of new information technologies.

Daniel Colascione co-founded the Censorship Research Center
in June 2009 in the aftermath of the Iranian election and has
had a lifelong interest in internet freedom and technological
measures to mitigate censorship.  He created the Haystack
anti-censorship system and holds a BSc in Computer Science
from the SUNY University at Buffalo.


Speaker

Evgeny Morozov is a leading thinker and commentator on the
political impact of the Internet and a well known opponent
of internet utopianism.  He is a contributing editor to
Foreign Policy and runs the magazine's Net Effect blog
about the Internet's impact on global politics. Evgeny is
currently a Yahoo! fellow at the Institute for the Study of
Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Prior to his appointment
to Georgetown, he was a fellow at the Open Society Institute,
where he remains on the board of the Information Program. Before
moving to the US, Evgeny was based in Berlin and Prague, where
he was Director of New Media at Transitions Online, a media
development NGO active in 29 countries of the former Soviet
bloc. He is writing a book about the Internet and democracy,
to be published this fall by Public Affairs.

Open to the public
No RSVP required


For more information on the Program on Liberation Technology go to-
http://liberationtechnology.stanford.edu/


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