Practical Privacy in 60 Minutes: Computers Freedom & Privacy 2015

After doing a roundtable on cookie tracking, Justin Brookman, formerly of the Center for Democracy & Technology, suggested with the proliferation of privacy tools, good and bad, he’d love to see what he could really do to protect his privacy in an hour. Inspired by this, I put together a panel conversation with Meghan Land, Staff Attorney, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse; Rainey Reitman, Activism Director, EFF; and Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU.

My aim was to try and have a high-level conversation/debate about what average folks would reasonably do to protect their privacy. Coming up with a set of basic privacy (and security) is tough: encrypted email is probably too hard, having a complex password system is probably too annoying. For sixty minute, I provoked the panelists and the audience at Computers Freedom and Privacy 2015 as to what we what might actually suggest to consumers and citizens.

Civil Rights to Human Rights: The Legacy of Bayard Rustin

A year ago today, I helped organize a discussion on civil/human rights rhetoric in America at the Schomburg Center.  The impetus for the program was the 100th birthday on civil rights legend Bayard Rustin, and with Occupy still fresh in minds, there was a great hook to discuss the need for greater social and economic equality. We brought together NYU’s Burt Neuborne, Columbia’s Kendall Thomas, and historian Ida E. Jones in a conversation moderated by Cathy Albisa, the executive director of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.  While the full event was two hours long, I made a quick highlight reel.

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