[Melbourne-pm] EFA's Creating the Web We Want

Jacinta Richardson jarich at perltraining.com.au
Sun Jun 1 20:29:16 PDT 2014

This might be of interest to some folk.

    Electronic Frontiers Australia, in partnership with ThoughtWorks
    Australia presents:

           Creating the Web We Want

  * Time & Date: 11:30am, 17th June 2014
  * Venue: Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place,
    Southbank (click for map)
  * Cost: FREE
  * Registration: Not Required


  * Keith Dodds <https://www.linkedin.com/pub/keith-dodds/0/410/a82> -
    Director, Client Relations, ThoughtWorks Asia Pacific (Moderator)
  * Senator Scott Ludlum <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Ludlam>
  * Jon Lawrence <https://www.efa.org.au/about/board/jon-lawrence/> -
    Executive Officer, Electronic Frontiers Australia
  * Tom Sulston <http://au.linkedin.com/pub/tom-sulston/0/411/178> -
    Principal Technical Consultant, ThoughtWorks

Revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden have clearly demonstrated 
that governments around the world have been engaging in dragnet-style 
mass surveillance for years. We know that intelligence agencies, 
including the US National Security Agency (NSA), the UK's GCHQ and 
Australia's Signals Directorate have been intercepting and storing the 
records of hundreds of millions of our phone calls, text messages, 
emails, web searches, website visits, instant messages, and social media 
activity. We know that these agencies have been sharing our information 
with other governments, large corporations, and non-security organisations.

Governments have justified this mass surveillance on the grounds of 
"national security" against "terrorism". Yet there is no evidence that 
this disproportionate intrusion into our private lives has stopped or 
foiled even one terrorist act, despite the vast financial and social cost.

What these government activities have done is to build an extremely 
effective surveillance infrastructure which police states of the past, 
present, and future could only envy.

It is our duty to redress this illegal and immoral societal imbalance. 
What legal, social, and regulatory policy reforms are necessary to 
safeguard our right to privacy? What can we do both now and in the 
future to protect our private communications from dragnet government 
surveillance? What level of digital spying is acceptable in an Internet 
where our privacy is valued?
This free and public forum is part of the Agile Australia conference. It 
will be a thought-provoking examination of privacy issues vital to the 
future of digital freedom. It will include a review of available 
technologies to resist dragnet surveillance, and global initiatives to 
strengthen individuals' right to privacy, as enshrined in the 1948 
Universal Declaration on Human Rights. It will be a call to join and 
shape local and worldwide activities to oppose mass government surveillance.

More information: https://www.efa.org.au/events/web-we-want-2014/
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