Tuesday, 17 April 2007

On Internet radio Wednesday; in New York next Wednesday

I’ll be talking about similar issues of privacy and travel in an Internet radio interview this Wednesday morning (18 April) and in a guest lecture at New York University next Wednesday afternoon (25 April):

  • Wednesday, 18 April 2007: Guest on the inaugural broadcast of “Uncovering the Truth” with Katherine Albrecht on the We the People Radio Network . 7-9 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, 10 a.m.-noon EDT, 14:00-16:00 GMT/UTC. Realtime streaming audio and archived podcast at WTPRN.com .

  • Wednesday, 25 April 2007: New York University, guest lecturer discussing, “Privacy and human rights issues posed by computerized travel records”, Asst. Prof. of Computer Science Evan Korth’s class in Computers and Society . 3:30-4.45 p.m. CIWW, 251 Mercer St. (Warren Weaver Hall), Room 101. Free and open to the public.

In both these presentations, I’ll be giving an introduction to the privacy, civil liberties, and human right issues posed by automated records of our travels, including airline reservations and machine-readable passports.

How do travel records map (literally) our movements? What data is contained in these records? How are they used? How could they be (or are they being) misused?

Is the issue a “balancing” between security and civil liberties, privacy and safety? Or is there some other agenda and set of interests at stake?

In particular, I’ll be talking about some of the specific issues that are the subject of current debate, including passenger name records and RFID passports .

It’s a great honor for me to be invited to both venues. Katherine Albrecht is the author of Spychips and the world’s foremost independent expert, critic and muckraker on the subject of RFID chips. Tomorrow’s broadcast kicks off her new daily radio show. In Evan Korth’s class at NYU, I’m the relatively undistinguished tail end of a lineup of guest speakers for the semester that has included such luminaries as Richard Stallman, Cory Doctorow, and Jimmy Wales.

Your questions — on the phone on the radio, and in person in New York — will be welcomed.

The following week, as usual, I’ll be at the conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy , this year in Montréal where I’ll be on a panel on “Your Reputation Precedes You: The Transfer of European Union Passenger Name Records to U.S. and Canada”.

Details, as always, are on my events page, where you can also find the tentative itinerary for my upcoming trip around the world. Let me know if I’m planning to be near you, and you’d like to organize an event while I’m passing through.

[Update: While I’m at NYU, I’ll be giving an additional, more technical presentation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24th, on “The network of computerized travel reservation systems.” It’s sponsored by the NYU chapters of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Women and Computing, and will be at CIWW, 251 Mercer St. (Warren Weaver Hall), Room 1314.]

Link | Posted by Edward on Tuesday, 17 April 2007, 18:11 ( 6:11 PM)

Nice aricle. This is very informative.

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