Seattle Privacy welcomes three new board members

Seattle Privacy has added three new members to our Board of Directors: Al Richardson, Will Scott, and Giri Sreenivas.

As we look ahead to the challenges facing civil rights activists, we are excited and grateful to add the wide range of expertise of these board members to our team. Al, Will, and Giri bring outreach, technical, and strategic skills to the board that are already energizing us and helping set our direction for 2017.

Al is a community and union organizer who recently relocated to Seattle from Buffalo, NY. He served as an executive member of the Buffalo Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and as the local lead for the national Fight for 15 campaign lead by SEIU.

Giri is the CEO and co-founder of Privacy Labs. He has worked on security and mobile projects at startups and large companies. Giri has enjoyed working on a wide range of projects, from developing trusted computing systems for the intelligence community to building consumer mobile experiences on Android. Most recently, he was VP/GM of Mobile at Rapid7 after they acquired Mobilisafe where he was founder/CEO. Find him on Twitter @giri_sreenivas and on the web at https://giri.co.

Will is a web hacker. He grew up in Seattle, and holds a Ph.D. from the UW Computer Science Department focused on Networks and Security. Will has helped to organize Open Seattle and TA3M, and researches Internet censorship, privacy preserving web applications, and cloud security. Find him on twitter at @willscott and on the web at wills.co.tt.

Huge welcome to Al, Giri, and Will!

For a complete list of board members, see About Seattle Privacy.

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