Privacy and social change on the web

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Join us on Tuesday, March 1 (postponed from Feb. 1 by the weather) for a discussion on privacy and social change on the web.

We’ll have great speakers touching on several aspects of this issue, including:

  • Hannah Miller, formerly of the Media and Democracy Coalition, on privacy and online organizing for social change. Is it better to push for privacy and anonymity, or transparency and accountability? How do people use social media differently when they have privacy and when they’re aware that they don’t? Which is better for building effective online communities organizing around social change issues?
  • Ivan Boothe, of Rootwork.org, on organizing communities in which anonymity is important. How can human rights activists challenging their governments, people targeted with violence because of their identities, or those organizing abuse survivors still engage in blogging and social media?
  • Mario Rodriguez, a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication in the area of social network privacy, on how we as individuals and organizations can be aware of the privacy implications of how we use the social web. How can we be smart about the amount of data we allow for-profit companies like Google and Facebook to have access to about our organizations and campaigns? Is “the age of privacy over,” as Mark Zuckerberg has said? Should social advocacy nonprofits take a side in this debate?
  • Andrew Sather, of Jenkins Law Library, on privacy and your organization’s presence on the web. Does our nonprofit website need a privacy policy? What should it be? How can we be smart about how third-party tools such as Google Analytics might impact the privacy of our visitors?

In addition to the presentations, there will be ample time for questions and discussion.

Who should come to this event?

  • Nonprofit staffers interested in learning more about the privacy implications of their use of the social web and the Internet.
  • Online activists and organizers who want to know how to use the social web without compromising the safety of the communities in which they work.
  • Techies who are interested in supporting social good and social change campaigns, and helping nonprofits and activists achieve their goals.

Come with your questions, ideas and comments about privacy and social change on the web!

More about the presenters

Hannah Miller is a writer, consultant, and thinker on topics involving written words, sounds, still images, and moving pictures, in their transit over phone and cable lines, through the air, and to your radios, TV boxes, cell phones, etc — in other words, the media. She has been a general assignment and beat reporter, campaigned for progressive candidates, written puppet shows and edited books, worked as a media-policy advocate at the Media and Democracy Coalition, and drawn what might be the world’s only cartoon on net neutrality. Contact: hmiller430@gmail.com or 215-888-8036.

Ivan Boothe is the creative director of Rootwork.org, working with nonprofits and social change groups, developing websites and doing online strategy around advocacy, fundraising and member engagement. He is a community organizer with Casino-Free Philadelphia and the online communications coordinator for the Fellowship of Reconciliation. He has experience in a number of social change and nonprofit groups, including co-founding the Genocide Intervention Network.

Mario Rodriguez is an Annenberg doctoral candidate specializing in social network privacy. His dissertation is a study of Facebook privacy among college seniors as they transition to the workplace. Mario received his M.A. from Annenberg (2008), and his B.A. from New College (2001). He also holds an M.A. in Journalism from The University of Florida (2006), and has worked in journalism, media research and government. You can read his blog at www.visualinquiry.org.

Andrew Sather is a self-described IT and Information Science nerd. By day he is the Assistant Director of Technology Services at Jenkins Law Library. His New Year’s resolution is to start (and regularly contribute to) a blog, which he’s mildly embarrassed to share with you here.

Live online webcast

If you’re not located in Philadelphia, or just can’t make it to the event in person, be sure to follow along on our live webcast. We’ll also have a Twitter backchannel set up using the hashtag #phlnet2, and we invite those at the event and those following remotely to comment and submit questions through Twitter.

The event begins at 6:00 PM in Philadelphia, with time for conversations and networking. The programmatic portion of the evening, along with the live online webcast, will begin at 6:30 PM Eastern. Learn more about the live webcast.

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