Privacy Icons Legal Hackathon at Mozilla, SF

Hi Tech&Law lovers:

This event came to our attention and we wanted to spread the news and invite you all to participate.  The event looks very exciting!  Do not miss it!

Please register (see information below).

Elena & Sandra


People rarely read privacy policies, but they're important. So let's make it easier for users to understand the most meaningful things a website does with their data. To accomplish this Disconnect is hosting a project to crowd-source -- think Wikipedia -- turning websites' privacy policies into a set of Creative Commons licensed privacy icons. The project also will publicly launch with an API so that any developer can build tools using the icons and crowd-sourced data. Here's a link to the current iteration of the project and a rudimentary Firefox add-on we created for the hackathon:


Our goal for the hackathon is for participants to iconify 1,000 (or more) privacy policies, so we ask each participant to read the privacy policies of 10 websites and apply the privacy icons to those sites. This critical mass of policies will be the foundation for further development of privacy-icon tools -- and the theme for a follow up coder hackathon.

Everyone is welcome to participate, no coding skills are required. We are excited to connect with and include people and organizations interested in privacy, data transparency and the Open Internet. Current participants include student groups from Stanford, Hastings, and Harvard (to name a few); individuals from organizations including Mozilla, FTC, ACLU, CDT, Lawyerist, and Law Gives; privacy experts and lawyers. So this event is sure to be a great opportunity to dialog with thought leaders while contributing to a great project.


Noon - 12:30 Opening remarks and introduction to the Project

12:30 - 3:00 Apply icons, Q & A, panel led discussion

3:00 - 4:00 Refreshments, snack

Presenters and Panelists

Charles Belle (Executive Director, UC Hastings Privacy & Technology Project)

Laura Berger (Sr. Attorney Division of Privacy & Identity Protection, FTC)

Chris Conley (Technology & Civil Liberties Fellow, ACLU)

Jim Dempsey (VP of Public Policy, CDT)

Natalie Fonseca (Co-founder, Privacy Identity Innovation)

Alex Fowler (Global Privacy & Public Policy Leader, Mozilla)

Lauren Gelman (Founder, BlurryEdge Strategies)

Marcia Hoffman (Senior Staff Attorney, EFF)

Tony Lai (Co-founder, LawGives; Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Stanford StartX and CodeX )

Laureli Mallek (Fellow, UC Hastings Privacy & Technology Project)

Casey Oppenheim (Co-founder, Disconnect)

Aza Raskin (Founder, Massive Health)

Sid Stamm (Lead Privacy Engineer, Mozilla)

Participate Online

Livestream and video replay:

Twitter: #privacyicons

Continuing Privacy Education Credit

Certified Privacy Professionals can get 1 hour of CPE credit for attending this event in person at the Mozilla office.  To get credit, please make sure to sign in when you arrive.

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  • Naoki

    It was interesting to see a legal hackathon. First time I heard about it (I haven't heard about one until now; I'm 2 years into working for Mozilla)

    November 19, 2012

  • Alper T.

    Great event, great people!

    November 16, 2012

  • Elena E.

    We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow at Mozilla! Thank you for your participation!

    November 15, 2012

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