City of Seattle’s Tech Board restarts Privacy committee

Great news!

The City of Seattle’s Community Technology Advisory Board Sub-Committee for Privacy is restarting and will meet for the first time next week:

Date: October 3

Time: 6PM – 7:45PM

Location: Seattle Public Library Montlake branch, 2401 24th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

 

The committee’s new co-chairs are working with the city to get access to official communications channels and the CTAB website, but in the meantime, here’s the agenda, courtesy of Christopher Sheats.

(Full disclosure: Christopher is a Seattle Privacy board member, and one of the Co-Chairs of the city’s new committee.)

Agenda

1. Introductions

2. City of Seattle Privacy Principles + Privacy Impact Assessments

3. City of Seattle Race & Social Justice Initiative

4. City of Seattle Municipal Code 3.23: Seattle IT Department

5. City of Seattle Surveillance Ordinance

6. Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

7. Policy change opportunities for Seattle

8. Goals for by and for next meeting

 

Please attend if you can.

At Seattle Privacy, we promote engagement of technologists with municipal government to improve policies and policymaking related to privacy.

Working with CTAB is a great way for technical people in Seattle voters to meet other technologists interested in policy issues, meet policy makers, such as Seattle CTO, CPO, and legislators, and have a direct influence on city policy.

Media round-up on Seattle Smart Meters transparency to date

“As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of
fight for security info”
by Shaun Nichols, The Register
May 27, 2016
<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/27/phil_mocek_seattle_smart_meters/>

“`Chilling Attack On Free Speech’: Multinational Corporation Sues Gov’t
Transparency Watchdog MuckRock”
by Kit O’Connell, MintPress News
May 27, 2016
<https://www.mintpressnews.com/chilling-attack-free-speech-multinational-corporation-sues-govt-transparency-watchdog-muckrock/216761/>

“Court Says MuckRock Must Take Down Smart Grid Company’s Documents
Because Judge Has ‘No Time’ To Review Case Properly”
by Tim Cushing, Techdirt
May 31, 2016
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160527/08030834564/court-says-muckrock-must-take-down-smart-grid-companys-documents-because-judge-has-no-time-to-review-case-properly.shtml>

Quick Links About the Police Raid

TA3M Seattle, May 2016

Greetings!

Techno-Activism Third Mondays (TA3M) is an informal meetup designed to connect software creators and activists who are interested in censorship, surveillance, and open technology. Currently, TA3M are held in various cities throughout the world, with many more launching in the near future. In Seattle, thanks to a special donor, there will be free pizza!

When: Monday, May 16, 2016, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Where: University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering building (CSE) room 203 [directions]


Seattle Police Raid on Tor Activists (7pm)

By: David & Jan


Lightning Talks

By: All

5 minute lightning talks – bring your topic to the meeting and signup on the whiteboard.


Privacy job openings!

Open Whisper Systems is looking for iOS developers, Android developers, and a Mobile UI / Product Designer.

Electronic Frontier Foundation is looking for a Criminal Defense Staff Attorney, an Activist, and a Technology Generalist. Various internships.

ACLU of Washington is looking for a Director of Accounting and Administration. Various internships.


Join the email list!

https://lists.ghserv.net/mailman/listinfo/ta3m-seattle


We’re on Twitter!

To best support the global TA3M meetup, please tweet using the #TA3M hashtag.

@TA3Mseattle
@SeattlePrivacy
@TechnoActivism

Seattle Privacy Coalition seeks Board of Directors members

The Seattle Privacy Coalition has several open board seats, and is seeking candidates who would like to help the organization grow to better improve the privacy of the citizens and residents, and the transparency of governing bodies, of Seattle and Washington State via advocacy and activism.

We seek candidates from diverse backgrounds, and do not expect any individual will bring all of the strengths we seek for the board. Some of the skills we seek include direction setting, strategic growth, fund-raising, and organizational management.  Experience on a board is a plus, not a requirement.

Candidates may self-nominate, and should include a statement of the strengths and experience the candidate brings, and optionally, what they would hope to accomplish as a board member.  The Coalition will, of course, treat all applications as private.

To submit a nomination, go to the application page.