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

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


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

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."

Bio:
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.

Reference:
James Glanz and John Markoff (June 12 2011). "U.S. Underwrites Internet
Detour Around Censors". The New York Times. Retrieved from
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/12/world/12internet.html?pagewanted=all,
August 8 2011.


-- 
Morgan Weiland
Stanford Graduate Fellow
Department of Communication
Stanford University
202.256.7480
morganweiland.us
@morganweiland
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