The National Post’s Matt Hartley wrote a profile of the Citizen Lab‘s work on Iran, and my views on what Canada could be doing to protect and preserve an open Internet. We are fortunate to collaborate with ASL19 and other Iranians on our research and other projects. Hartley’s piece also mentioned my keynote presentation at the recent iConference 2012, which was an interesting experience.
I participated in the MaRs NetChange panel on the topic of “Canada, check your privacy settings,” with Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian and moderated by Jesse Hirsh.
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is hosting a panel conversation for the OpenNet Initiative’s new volume Access Controlled. Attending the panel discussion will be Ron Deibert, John Palfrey and Rafal Rohozinski from the ONI, and Bob Boorstin from Google. Moderating the discussion will be Mr. Moises Naim, editor of Foreign Policy magazine. Details are here
I participated in the University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics Civil society and Democracy In Iran workshop, held 14-15 May 2010 at the University of Toronto. I was participating in the panel on “Exploring the Youth Movement in Iran,” and spoke about the challenges of cyberspace controls for youth activism in and outside of Iran and in particular among the green movement.
I am in Boston for a presentation to the Harvard-MIT Joint Seminar Explorations in Cyber International Relations at MIT. The title of my presentation is “The Geopolitics of Cyberspace: From Militarization to Arms Control.”
I am participating in the IPSI 2010 Research Symposium at the University of Toronto. The theme of the conference is “Developing a Trusted Cyber Infrastructure
for Canadians.” I will be speaking about our research on cyber espionage (although the organizers gave me the curious title for my talk of “Detecting and disabling botnets.” (As an IR theorist and political scientist, the only botnets I’ve discovered are Realists — and they can’t be disabled.) Looks to be a good day of interesting discussions.
I participated in a live webcast and panel, organized by IDRC, on “The Potential of Open Development for Canada and Abroad,” in Ottawa, May 5th, 2010. Also on the panel were Michael Geist, Sunil Abraham, Anita Gurumurthy, and Yochai Benkler. The panel was hosted by Jesse Brown. We discussed the concept of “openness” in the context of software development, cyberspace governance, development, and human rights
It is a very dynamic meeting, with many different rights organizations collaborating and exchanging ideas.
Much of the discussion is focused on events unfolding in Burma. There was an excellent article by Roby Alampey in the Washington Post that makes a strong argument for principles of Internet governance that protect freedom of speech online, with a favorable mention of the work of the ONI. Roby is attending the IFEX meeting here.
And yesterday, an article on Burma in the Christian Science Monitor spotlights the use of commercial filtering technologies and the work of the ONI, with some of my input.
Amnesty international is having an event on Wednesday June 6th in the UK that I’m speaking at by webcast. The event is called “irrepressible.info” and is about threats to freedom of speech and access to information online.
You can read more about it here
Leading up to the event, I wrote an editorial comment that has been published on the Open Democracy website