Privacy within the Context of the Web

A real-world, socio-technical look at privacy within the context of the Web, how web developers can ensure that the right policies are in place for maintaining control over concepts like confidentiality and integrity, what to look out for when accessing free wifis downtown or in airports, privacy related to social media, how non-secure information is via email, and just in general what to look out for or how to be safe when out in the web world.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Justin Troutman is a security and privacy researcher focusing on the socio-technical interfaces between humans and technology within the context of security and privacy.  He’s rather evangelistic when it comes to preaching the wonders and woes of security and privacy, and has found many an interesting pulpit for doing so, in both print and speech, from analytical articles for Microsoft TechNet Magazine, to original research for IEEE Security & Privacy, to guest lecturing at Duke University.  Justin, a native of the state, moved from Brazil to Asheville in 2008, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

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  • Meet The G.

    We just posted Justin's presentation to the Files page for easy downloading: http://www.meetup.com/wncwebtec...­ and due to much interest Justin is going to come up with a series of talks about security to expand the conversation and details.

    March 5, 2012

  • Justin T.

    I'm thrilled y'all were as engaged and enthused about it as you were. It was a pleasure meeting y'all and leading the discussion, and I hope this marks the beginning of more talks on this topic. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you have. I'm always up for meeting up, too! Thank you!

    March 2, 2012

  • Alan R.

    Hi guys! Thanks for a great evening. I'm on Linkedin if you would like to connect.

    March 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed this meetup. Good speaker and good engaged group of people. I wish we'd had more time to talk. The topic of HIPAA came up and I wish we could have delved more deeply into issues involving the tension between regulation, technology, and human behavior.

    March 1, 2012

  • Meet The G.

    AWESOME DISCUSSION!! and networking afterwards art Scully's. Hope to continue with more internet security discussions in the future.

    March 1, 2012

  • Joshua G.

    For anyone interested, here is a link to just one of many places you can get an S/MIME certificate, the ones we talked about last night for signing and/or encrypting email communications: http://www.instantssl.com/ssl-c...­

    March 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first meetup with the group and I found it very informative. Good presentation, questions and discussion. Also found the attending group diverse with both users and implementors. You need both perspectives to get it right. Thank you to the organizers, the presenter and the hosting venue.

    March 1, 2012

  • Karen

    Great discussion. Thanks Justin!

    March 1, 2012

  • Matt A.

    We were impressed with Justin, he knows his stuff! Good engaged group of people! Steffi kept us all on track. Thanks Steffi for all your work getting this meeting together!

    March 1, 2012

  • Joshua G.

    Just wanted to thank Justin again for leading that very interesting discussion! Was glad to meet and talk with everyone.

    March 1, 2012

  • Allen D.

    This was a great meetup and very relevant to the security issues that we have to deal with daily. Justin did an excellent job breaking things down to layman terms.

    March 1, 2012

  • Jim H.

    Excellent presentation and discussion.

    March 1, 2012

  • Jim H.

    Many thanks to Justin Troutman for an excellent presentation, to TopFloorStudio for the facilities, and to everyone that that provided time, equipment, and support that made this meetup possible. I found it very interesting, learned a lot, and also had my interest in learning more about security and privacy sparked. It is a sad reflection on society that we have to spend so much time, energy, and money on Internet security. We used to be able to simply say, "Mind your own business!"

    March 1, 2012

  • Alan R.

    A great event. Terrific space. It was a pleasure to meet everyone. I learned alot from Justin and all the members. Thanks to all!

    February 29, 2012

  • Karen

    Thanks!

    February 29, 2012

  • Meet The G.

    They are accessible through the door located to the right of Scully's Restaurant. Go to top floor of building (top of stairs).

    February 29, 2012

  • Karen

    Thanks. What's the best way to access it?

    February 28, 2012

  • Meet The G.

    Everyone!!! Please be aware that TopFloorStudio has changed its location and is now above Scully's. See the map link and address change to 9 W. Walnut St., Suite 3D

    February 28, 2012

  • Karen

    This might seem like a silly question but can someone remind me where to access Top Floor from Lexington? Is the access point next to Bouchon?

    February 28, 2012

  • John B.

    Perhaps we could touch on the roles that various DNS services play in privacy concerns, from the ISPs to Google, OpenDNS and others.

    February 28, 2012

  • Justin T.

    Any last minute requests on what y'all would like to discuss?

    February 28, 2012

  • larry m.

    1. How to be anonymous?
    a. email encryption
    b. TOR
    c. freenet, darknet
    d. Domain name protection
    e. surfing anonymously ( startpage, eg)
    f. any open source search engines?
    f. skype security (files, video, audio). Is it really encrypted?

    2. Ways to bypas DNS, eg manual lookup of ip addresses in case DNS is shut down.

    3. Best browser to use for privacy and plugins
    a. ghostery
    b. adblock
    c. etc....

    February 23, 2012

  • Duncan W.

    ?Researchers flood Facebook with Bots, Collect 250 GB of User Data?
    TechCrunch post on 11/1/2011
    http://techcrunch.com/2011/11/0...­

    February 23, 2012

  • Duncan W.

    This sounds like a great event and I?m looking forward to it.

    Here are links to a couple of recent articles on the subject:

    ?How companies are defining your worth online?
    http://www.npr.org/templates/tr...­
    ? 02/22/2012 Transcript of Fresh Air interview of Joseph Turow, author of ?The Daily You: How the New Advertising Industry is Defining Your Identity and Your Worth.?

    and...

    February 23, 2012

  • Justin T.

    Any security and privacy issues that have y'all concerned these days?

    February 22, 2012

  • Justin T.

    I'm excited to see this taking shape, and I look forward to meeting y'all. Please feel free to share anything that you'd like for me to cover during the meetup, and I'll make it happen.

    February 17, 2012

  • Justin T.

    I'd be glad to, as I work in the field of information security (e.g., cryptography). I can elaborate more on my experience, if you'd like.

    August 11, 2011

  • Meet The G.

    Does anyone know anyone who could possibly give this presentation? Maybe someone ho might be in the world of internet security?

    August 10, 2011

  • Justin T.

    Is anyone still interested in a privacy-related get-together of this sort, or perhaps integrate it into something more general, such that it's more palatable to a wider audience?

    February 4, 2011

  • Justin T.

    I'm really enthused to see this kind of interest. I'm going to do my best to make it to the Meet The Geeks shindig on Wednesday; it'll be my first. Do any of you guys make it to these get-togethers?

    November 16, 2010

  • Brett

    Excellent discussion on the subject so far.
    What I find interesting is that anyone can create any amount of fictitious information on the networks, including email. Sheesh, event PO Boxes provide some anonymity.
    I see a seperation here: 1) Businesses identity 2) Personal identity
    It seems to me the main concern is in the personal security. Is there an applicable concern for privacy in the business identity?
    Each have different motivations for their presence on the networks (same as the web).

    November 15, 2010

  • Justin T.

    @Alan: Oh, and as for our social networks -- they're good, indeed, but it's important that we understand the business model. That is, we are the product -- not the customer. Our information is a commodity, and more privacy means less of it. As you can deduce, privacy is counterproductive to the business model of social networks. Understanding this, and what to do about it, is paramount, because social networking, for many businesses, works toward generating profitable revenue.

    November 15, 2010

  • Justin T.

    @Stephen: I'm diggin' the visual. Thanks! @Alan: It's worth noting that while we all care about privacy, we interface with it it differing ways. Some design the algorithms that provide it. Some implement these aforementioned algorithms. Some merely benefit from those algorithmic implementations. We all bring something to the table, and by sharing it, we close the sizable gaps between us.

    November 15, 2010

  • Stephen E.

    I agree. This is a great idea for discussion. Here's a useful visual on the topic. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bu...­

    November 15, 2010

  • Alan R.

    The technical stuff (programming & jargon) is not my expertise. Admittedly, I have a lot to learn in those areas. My role over the years has been teaching people to be safe and aware. As an example, our cyber-social world is a good thing but how do we reel it in a little to make it a safer experience? Most home users feel that Norton is the end-all of personal computing safety when behavior is the key. Stuff like that. Looking forward to how this idea develops.

    November 15, 2010

  • Justin T.

    I'm glad you guys like the suggestion; there are all sorts of possibilities for it, and it could even be incorporated into other ideas, as well, such as evolver's e-commerce topic and Ty's "pull and the semantic web" topic. Working directly with the cryptography itself, I see the disconnect between cryptography and its stewards -- cryptographers, developers, and consumers -- so it's crucial that we abstract away the algorithmic innards as much as possible, to get everyone on the same page.

    November 15, 2010

  • Brett

    Love the concept. I bring the social networking and location based gaming perspective... which is often viewed as over exposed in both accounts. The topic is a priority as I turn 100s of people on every month and want to know how to ensure security as they begin to play.

    November 14, 2010

  • Keith

    Great idea!
    I'm in the healthcare industry so I can bring the perspective of online health records.

    November 14, 2010

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