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[liberationtech] NymRights talk at Harvard's Berkman Center on Sep 30th

aestetix aestetix at
Fri Sep 19 08:47:17 PDT 2014

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This is a bit of shameless self-promotion, but I'm really excited
about a talk I'm giving at Harvard in a couple weeks. To save people
time, here's the info from the site:

Do you have a name? More than one? Does it matter to you who knows it?
As digital systems become more integrated into our lives, these
questions are becoming very important. We're in the midst of a literal
identity crisis where your identity is quickly becoming, rather than
something you define, a social construct that is granted to you. This
talk will explore the philosophy of names and identity, the digital
systems we've created over the past decades, and the challenges that
arise when the systems come into conflict with individual safety and
freedom. We'll take a look at the current state of name-related policy
within both companies and government, and introduce ongoing efforts to
make sure your identity is not just a number in a computer.

After being suspended twice by Google Plus during the #nymwars fiasco
of 2011, aestetix helped created NymRights, focused on empowerment and
education of digital identity. He's spoken on this topic at events in
Germany, New York City, San Francisco, including hacker conferences,
digital rights events, and even a few universities. He's also been
involved in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
(NSTIC), an Obama strategy to try to solve identity related challenges
in areas like medicine and social security.
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