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'''Take Back The Net''' on 4-5 June 2014 at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTECH
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'''TakeBackTheNet''' on 4-5 June 2014 at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTECH
  
  
 
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'''TakeBackTheNet''' is an event where human rights advocates and transformative technology providers will meet to discuss what civil society organisations and individuals can do to restore trust in
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'''Take Back The Net''' The event where human rights advocates and transformative technology providers will meet to discuss solutions to today's climate of internet-enabled human rights violations.
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The event is being held on the anniversary of the revelations by Edward Snowden that revealed an unprecedented level of mass surveillance of Internet users. Fear of unchecked mass government surveillance is not the only issue at stake though. Increasingly Internet users are concerned about the /Faustian/ bargain they have made with "free" online service providers that barter privacy in exchange for services. There is insufficient transparency about how user data is stored and who it is made available to. As if that weren't enough, most of us now carry around mobile phones which are also the perfect tracking device giving off location and call information wherever we are. We no longer know how much privacy we are giving up. As The Economist recently put it, "we no longer know how to calibrate our paranoia."
  
Scheduled for June 2014, one year after the Snowden revelations, '''Take Back The Net''' comes at a crucial time. The outcry in the face of numerous reports of privacy and other human rights abuses has not produced satisfactory responses from governments and service providers. It is essential that civil society and tech activists take measures into their own hands by adopting, en masse, tools that are sustainable and liberating.
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'''TakeBackTheNet''' comes at a crucial time. The outpouring of concern by citizens over the last year has yet to provoke satisfactory responses from governments or service providers. Part of the answer to this problem is for civil society and tech activists take measures into their own hands by adopting, en masse, tools that are sustainable and liberating.
  
If anyone had any doubt that their personal information was being harvested, used, and even monitored by states and corporations it would have been shattered by Edward Snowden's revelations during the course of 2013. Privacy as we knew it is a thing of the past. Even legitimate data collection of our browsing habits, contact lists and location have run out of control and it has been almost impossible to search and interact online without being harassed by ads.
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Yet choosing alternatives can be challenging. How do we know what the critical vulnerabilities exist in our communication behaviour? How do we know how much privacy we are sacrificing to online services? How do we know when we are having a truly private conversation? What sort of standards can we set for our own organisations and for others? '''TakeBackTheNet''' will bring together security experts and service providers with civil society and tech activists to address these questions, share solutions, develop strategies, and establish new norms for the future.
 
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''The time is ripe for a wide gathering''. In addition to the impression the Snowden revelations made on users to turn away from untrustworthy providers and governments, we see also an influx of open source and federated alternatives to major 'indispensable' software and services. Federation is the future because it allows for better scaling up. Both free software and federated services strengthen user trust and control. Progressive service providers are sparking an exodus, the beginnings of a movement, through online services provision built on trust, privacy rights and data sovereignty.
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''It is time that social change activists Take Back The Net and exercise our choice to migrate to free software and online platforms that respect our right to privacy and encryption.''
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'''Take back The Net''' event is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Our code of conduct policy can be found at: http://takebackthenet.apc.org/index.php/TBTN:Code_of_conduct
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'''TakeBackTheNet''' event is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Our code of conduct policy can be found at: http://takebackthenet.apc.org/index.php/TBTN:Code_of_conduct

Revision as of 13:24, 9 May 2014

TakeBackTheNet on 4-5 June 2014 at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTECH



TakeBackTheNet is an event where human rights advocates and transformative technology providers will meet to discuss what civil society organisations and individuals can do to restore trust in communication infrastructure.

The event is being held on the anniversary of the revelations by Edward Snowden that revealed an unprecedented level of mass surveillance of Internet users. Fear of unchecked mass government surveillance is not the only issue at stake though. Increasingly Internet users are concerned about the /Faustian/ bargain they have made with "free" online service providers that barter privacy in exchange for services. There is insufficient transparency about how user data is stored and who it is made available to. As if that weren't enough, most of us now carry around mobile phones which are also the perfect tracking device giving off location and call information wherever we are. We no longer know how much privacy we are giving up. As The Economist recently put it, "we no longer know how to calibrate our paranoia."

TakeBackTheNet comes at a crucial time. The outpouring of concern by citizens over the last year has yet to provoke satisfactory responses from governments or service providers. Part of the answer to this problem is for civil society and tech activists take measures into their own hands by adopting, en masse, tools that are sustainable and liberating.

Yet choosing alternatives can be challenging. How do we know what the critical vulnerabilities exist in our communication behaviour? How do we know how much privacy we are sacrificing to online services? How do we know when we are having a truly private conversation? What sort of standards can we set for our own organisations and for others? TakeBackTheNet will bring together security experts and service providers with civil society and tech activists to address these questions, share solutions, develop strategies, and establish new norms for the future.




TakeBackTheNet event is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Our code of conduct policy can be found at: http://takebackthenet.apc.org/index.php/TBTN:Code_of_conduct