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Upcoming PdF Events in NYC

BY Daniel Teweles | Wednesday, January 12 2011

PdF is pleased to announce three upcoming events in New York City that we think you'll find continue to tap into the zeitgeist in an engaging and intellectually provocative way.

PdF Presents: A Symposium on WikiLeaks and Internet Freedom II

On January 24th we'll be hosting a follow up to our sold-out December first symposium on WikiLeaks (PdF Leaks). This event will feature an incredible line up of speakers including Clay Shirky, Daniel Domscheit-Berg (of, Floyd Abrams, and Gabriella Coleman. The video stream from our December event has received more than 70,000 views, so you don't want to miss your chance to attend and participate live and in person on the 24th! More information is available at the bottom of this post, and you can purchase tickets by clicking here.

PdF Presents: WikiLeaks and Online Civil Disobedience

On February 9th, as part of Social Media Week, we'll be hosting an event called WikiLeaks and Online Civil Disobedience, featuring John Perry Barlow, Evgeny Morozov, and Deanna Zandt. More information is available at the bottom of this post, and you can reserve free tickets by clicking here.

Both events are part of a continued series that PdF is hosting in New York City to explore the implications of transparency in the digital age.

Personal Democracy Forum 2011

And of course, the event that started it all for PdF 7 years ago, the world’s leading conference exploring and analyzing technology's impact on politics and government, Personal Democracy Forum, here in New York City. This year's edition will be held June 6-7 at NYU, and already has a stellar list of confirmed speakers. Registration will open soon, and we expect another sell out crowd. For more information visit the conference website.

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Events in detail:

PdF Presents: A Symposium on WikiLeaks and Internet Freedom II, January 24th

We're pleased to announce that, building on the strong interest in our first symposium on WikiLeaks and Internet freedom, we are holding a second event two weeks from now, January 24, from 6-8pm at NYU, to continue the conversation. We'll look at questions like:
-How does the push for more openness and transparency conflict with legitimate security concerns?
-What are the responsibilities of online organizations who distribute information from leakers or whistleblowers?
-Are distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) by organizations like Anonymous a new force for social justice or something more destructive?

Our speakers will include Clay Shirky, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Floyd Abrams, and Gabriella Coleman, with additional speakers to be announced.

Shirky is the author of Here Comes Everybody, and Cognitive Surplus. Domscheit-Berg is one of the founders of, and a former spokesman for WikiLeaks. Coleman is an associate professor of media, culture and communication at NYU, and an expert on Anonymous. Abrams is a leading First Amendment lawyer, who among other things represented the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case.

As with our first symposium, the event will be split between an hour of presentations by our speakers, followed by an hour of open forum with the audience. The event will be streamed live online. The hashtag is #pdfleaks.

Date: Monday, January 24, 2011
Time: 6:00pm - 800pm
Location: NYU Kimmel Center for University Life- Eisner & Lubin Auditorium - 4th Floor, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012
How: Buy tickets here before they sell out.

We are producing this event in association with New York University, Tisch School of the Arts ITP Program.

PdF Presents: WikiLeaks and Online Civil Disobedience, February 9th

On December 3rd, noted cyber-libertarian John Perry Barlow tweeted:

Internet freedom activists using distributed denial of service attacks to shut down websites say they’ve invented a new kind of online civil disobedience. Critics worry that the tactic can backfire, and moreover, that the internet is more an ally of authoritarian regimes than we think.

We are pleased to bring together John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Evgeny Morozov, author of the new book The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, and Deanna Zandt author of Share This: How You Will Change the World with Social Networking, for a wide ranging discussion on new forms of online civil disobedience as part of Social Media Week 2011 in New York City.

Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Time: 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Location: Hearst Building (W 57th St), New York City
How: Reserve (free) tickets here before they're gone.

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Denmark, Finland, Norway, the United Kingdom and Sweden have come out on top of the Web Index, a ranking of the Web Foundation measuring the economic, social and political benefit that countries gain from the web. The United States is at number six. For the authors of the report accompanying the index, the results reflect how inequality has an impact on access to the web. "Nordic policy-makers have been quick to adopt and promote the free Internet - and open access to information - as a 21st century public good," the report states. " Others, as this year's findings show, need to move fast to catch up." The report attributes the Scandinavian countries' advantage to the countries' broader efforts to invest in public goods and establish a welfare and acting against " excess concentrations of wealth and power." With the lower inequality in those countries than in others, "the skills, means and freedoms to benefit from new technologies are widespread, which helps to explain why Scandinavian countries score highly on the political, social and economic impact of the Web GO