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[liberationtech] Stanford Comm. Dept. lunch event: Commotion, Democracy, and Disruptive Technologies, October 27, 2011

Morgan Weiland mweiland at
Fri Oct 21 14:37:24 PDT 2011

*Please RSVP to *avarma1 at *if you plan to attend so we can be
sure to order enough for lunch. Thanks!*


The Dept. of Comm. graduate students present a catered lunch entitled: *

*Commotion, Democracy, and Disruptive Technologies*
October 27, 2011 |12:30-1:30pm | Mendenhall Library, Building 120, Stanford

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. The event will be moderated by The
New York Times senior writer John Markoff,  who recently cowrote "U.S.
Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors."

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.

James Glanz and John Markoff (June 12 2011). "U.S. Underwrites Internet
Detour Around Censors". The New York Times. Retrieved from,
August 8 2011.

Morgan Weiland
Stanford Graduate Fellow
Department of Communication
Stanford University
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