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[liberationtech] Stanford MobiSocial Seminar: Commotion, Democracy, and Disruptive Technologies, October 24, 2011

Terry Winograd winograd at
Thu Oct 20 11:43:10 PDT 2011

(People interested should RSVP to Darlene at, to make
sure there is
enough lunch.)

                       MobiSocial Seminar
                Monday, October 24, 2011
                   12:15 PM, **Gates 415**
                Lunch will be served at Noon

"Commotion, Democracy, and Disruptive Technologies"
                            Josh King

Commotion is an open source “device-as-infrastructure” communication
platform that challenges conventional communication infrastructures both
domestically and abroad. This new technology integrates users’ existing
cell phones, Wi-Fi enabled computers, and other wireless-capable
personal devices to create anonymous, peer-to-peer (mesh) communications
networks. Deployment of Commotion is potentially as valuable for
dissidents wishing to circumvent repressive regimes as for local
activists wishing to support autonomous, low-cost communicative spaces.
Josh King, lead technologist for the Open Technology Initiative at the
New America Foundation, will discuss the architecture, opportunities,
and challenges--both social and technical--of creating a distributed
secure network.

Josh King is technical lead for the Open Technology Initiative at the
New America Foundation. Prior to joining New America, he was a Systems
Engineer for OJC Technologies and also served as an Americorps VISTA
Leader. Josh volunteered as a lead technology worker within the
Indymedia movement in Central Illinois.

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