Online privacy – talks series

how to protect your privacy online
Abhay: Knowledge is power
A californian hacker is touring the world giving advice on how to protect your own privacy.

This summer Abhay Agarwal is hosting dozens of conversations about online identity and the future of data privacy. His first talk, at a local hackspace in Oakland, CA named Sudo Room, went over really well, and he was offered sponsorship to give the talk around Europe (dates below).

Abhay is creating a new piece of technology for anonymous collaborative communication.

His years of being in the tech industry as well as experiences with mass protest movements have shown him that “recent trends in internet technology have dire implications to our current and future ways of life, as well as the way we engage in revolutionary struggle. I’m trying to develop a community discourse and an ethos that addresses these trends.”

The current landscape of online services all seem to have similar forms and purposes. Technologies all seem to be ‘going social’ or collecting ‘big data’, and the companies running them are magically making billions of dollars. In addition, the NSA has been caught red handed stealing and reading all our personal data.

This talk intends to elucidate some of the economic and philosophical underpinnings of current internet technology and asks the question: what does online identity truly mean? What does it mean to myself, to tech companies, to the state, and to the future of our society?

Some of the topics discussed will be:

Online surveillance, or why deleting your Facebook isn’t enough
Big data analytics: what it is and why its worth so much money
Closing the loop: the tech industry’s attempt to track everything
Notions of a hyper-connected future: theories and paradoxes
Prominent alternatives to the internet, and how they work.

Madrid: June 10-15
Barcelona: June 16-20
Paris: June 21-30
London: July 1-7
Geneva: July 8-11
Milan: July 12-16
Venice: July 17-20
Vienna: July 21-25
Bratislava: July 26-27
Budapest: July 28-30
Belgrade: Aug 1-3
Bucharest: Aug 4-7
Istanbul: Aug 8-13
Beirut: Aug 14-19
Tel Aviv: Aug 20-23

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