The Open Internet and the 2012 Election

Engine Advocacy and NY Tech Meetup

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The Open Internet and the 2012 Election:

A Conversation with Fred Wilson, Clay Shirky, and Susan Crawford

Thursday, October 25,[masked] p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

at NYU Stern School of Business

Tickets: $10

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  • Wen Dombrowski MD M.

    Wanna help Sandy, but staying at home or not in NY? My friend @UncleNate DiNiro is a nationally known technologist helping @CrisisCommons nonprofit coordinate crisis response resources using tech & computerized mapping. Currently they are:

    1. Calling for VOLUNTEERS from around the world to help this weekend(see website) & ongoing, including developers, GIS, & any background welcome.

    2. Looking for different SOURCES of community & resource info to include.

    3. Taking REQUESTS for What resources would you like to see in a list or map? Eg Health or senior services?
    (FEMA & White House have officially asked Crisis Commons to map New York hotel rooms, New Jersey gas stations, & Rhode Island damage.)

    **For more inf
    **Technical details
    **Contact [masked] (If you're on Twitter, easy way to spread the word is RT: & )
    Thank you!

    November 3, 2012

  • Bruce K.

    A number of people came over to talk about the telecom issues. As Crawford mentioned, AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, working with ALEC have been going state to state to 'deregulate' telecom services, using 'internet freedom' as their banner --- it's just freedom from regulation. 20 states, including CA, have already passed this law and it sits in NY, NJ, and MA. Internet freedom should mean choice of internet, phone broadband or cable providers and upgraded networks.
    Wireless is also tied to the wires; cell sites are wired.-- control equals bandwidth caps.

    Worse, very soon there will be an attack in Congress and the FCC. Too long to explain here, check out the Huff. articles.


    We're expanding our current gang to stop this, including raising funds and resources -- want to help:

    October 26, 2012

  • matt

    Anyone know if there is a transcript of this discussion?

    October 26, 2012

  • Mickey C.

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    October 26, 2012

    • Mickey C.

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      October 26, 2012

    • Ron S.

      How can I learn more details? I'm a former cognitive psychologist turned serial software entrepreneur and I was an elected member of Ann Arbor City Council. My partner is a graphic designer (CSS, HTML, Javascript). We are both interested. FWIW, we did the initial build of the social networking website for Occupy Wall Street that got a million visits in the first 3 weeks. Send us your actual email here: http://services.loudf...­

      October 26, 2012

  • Joly M.

    Is there a video archive of this?

    October 26, 2012

  • Zlato F.

    Awesome! Great panelists very energized and engaged crowd

    October 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was very interesting!

    October 25, 2012

  • Steven A.


    October 25, 2012

  • Valerie

    I really enjoyed the energetic discussion... looking forward to the next gathering.

    October 25, 2012

  • Christina B.


    October 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very inspiring!

    October 25, 2012

  • Mark A. H.

    Two recent articles on some of the issues

    (Disclaimer: having done my thesis at MIT on secure electronic voting I'm quoted in the second--although she used the most headline grabbing attack of all the ones I mentioned.)

    October 25, 2012

  • gary

    I hope some serious discussion is given as to how techies can help stop the GOP from stealing the election again (for the 3rd time, not counting several house and senate races electronically stolen). If any of you don't realize this is what they will do in Ohio, read (from latest Harper's issue:
    I believe the CS dept at UC Berk has figured out a way to have lots of their programmers monitoring machines in some parts of Ohio. No idea. But all these machines are produced by far right wing companies with easily hackable software and proprietary code. One programmer told me that even the Israelis and Chinese can determine our next Prez. This is the elephant in the room. The DP refuses to discuss it bec they fear it will seriously depress voter turn out.
    Media won't discuss it since it will anger GOP--huge source of campaign ad income). All Swingstate sec's of state are GOP!

    October 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't really tell what this is about from the title, and the description doesn't enlighten. Please help?

    October 24, 2012

    • Jessica L.

      Hi Sheryl - The conversation will focus tech policy issues related to the 2012 election - from what the candidates wrote in their recent letters to NY Tech Meetup to broader conversations about privacy and data policies.

      October 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Jessica.

      October 25, 2012

  • Caitlin S.

    If anyone would like to purchase 2 tickets for tonight (last minute), please let me know!

    October 25, 2012

  • Parker L.

    When's the latest to RSVP? I don't know if I can go until noon tomorrow.

    October 24, 2012

    • Jessica L.

      I'll be closing RSVPs at 2 p.m. today. Thanks!

      October 25, 2012

  • Brian F.

    Clay Shirly, Fred Wilson, NY Tech... 'nuff said.

    October 24, 2012

    • Bruce K.

      Actually, you forgot Susan Crawford -- and what I think is interesting is the discussion of 'open internet' vs open networks --- ie, you can't have internet freedom without competition to choose your internet and broadband provider --- something that both parties haven't mentioned and won't as they won't confront the cable and telco companies -- the suppliers of the networks we us. The internet goes over the wires --- it ain't the wires or the spectrum.

      October 24, 2012

    • Bruce K.

      -- to finish -- and that's Susan Crawford's expertise.

      October 24, 2012

  • yves s.

    With every entrepreneur I meet, comes a horror story on their experience in outsourcing development. Is there an "Angie's List" wiki to help unmask the merely intimidating from the truly ghoulish. How can the NY Tech community help?

    1 · October 22, 2012

    • Michael T.

      Yves - while I've been fortunate not to have run into this problem this is one of the key problems my startup is being designed to address. Thank you for validating my "leap of faith" assumption!

      October 24, 2012

    • Pallavi S.

      Yves- I have worked on 30 odd projects that involve outsourcing. The key is to clearly lay down milestones and make the spec document as detailed as possible.

      October 24, 2012

  • William M.

    In the spirit of openness, will this event be live streamed?

    1 · October 18, 2012

    • Jessica L.

      It will most likely be taped and posted quickly afterwards, but unfortunately we don't have the budget for livestreaming for this event (since it is an extra event outside of our regular venue)

      October 18, 2012

  • Michael

    I am doing an informal poll of seeing who is using AWS for their development and or solution deployments. Let me know if you are a using AWS and in what capacity. Thanks!

    October 12, 2012

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