Leak Hypocrisy: A Conversation on Whistleblowers, Sources, and the Label "Espionage"

1100, Lamarr
Speaker(s): Carey Shenkman, Jesselyn Radack, Naomi Colvin
The two-tiered injustice system: high-level officials who leak for political gain get cover; those blowing the whistle on crimes and abuse face decades in prison. The problem is urgent, costing daily the liberty of Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and many whistleblowers, as well as the liberty of Julian Assange, a publisher.
In this critical moment, join two leading lawyers and the Courage Foundation for a conversation on attacks on freedom of expression, the failure of internal oversight mechanisms, the serious need for a "public interest" defense for truth tellers, and the promise of a growing international movement to promote and protect them.


Orbital Mechanics Ate My Weblog

1100, Friedman
Speaker(s): Edward K. Beale
At high latitudes, orbital mechanics make deep-ocean Internet almost impossible. In most cases, it is not wattage, atmospheric attenuation, latency, or antenna position that are the culprits - it is geometry. In 2001, Edward blogged about his voyage to Antarctica aboard an icebreaker as lead helicopter pilot. Twelve years later, he completed a full shipboard circumnavigation and delivered a daily weblog to several hundred crowdsourced readers, later self-published in the book West By Sea. Across those years, Internet access got better, but at high latitudes it still sucked. In addition to sea stories about massaging crappy packets, this talk outlines the basics of deep ocean bandwidth in layman's terms, gives a short modern history of the tools and tech, outlines new innovations that meld terrestrial and orbital bandwidth for offshore users, and focuses on the burgeoning need for better solutions at high latitudes.


What is a "Neutral Network" Anyway? An Exploration and Rediscovery of the Aims of Net Neutrality in Theory and Practice

1100, Noether
Speaker(s): Jeremy Pesner, Kate Forscey, Bob Frankston, Sam Gustin, Alfredo Lopez, Jesse Sowell
This spring, the FCC's net neutrality rules were upheld in court, giving the commission license to regulate the Internet as a public utility and ensure that all users are treated fairly. However, the question remains as to exactly how net neutrality should be implemented and how well the concept applies to not only the Internet of today, but tomorrow. Panelists will discuss the tensions between applying the idea of net neutrality to the pragmatics of the Internet's operations and the very real social and policy consequences of such decisions. By combining and contrasting legal, activist, technical, journalistic, and academic perspectives, they will dig deep into the thoughts and aims behind net neutrality and derive a more nuanced and effective assessment of what is needed to create an Internet that works for everyone. The panelists have discussed, taught, and deliberated these issues in university, government, and social settings, and boast employment/affiliations with MIT, Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, ACM, IEEE, Columbia University's School of Journalism, VICE Media, May First/People Link, and Public Knowledge.