September 25 Monday

Better Than Rage Against the Machine: Saving Privacy in One Hell of a Dangerous World, Eben Moglen '85

  • Monday, September 25, 2017 at 2:00PM - 3:00PM
  • Room 127
  • Open To The Public
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Privacy is about environment, not transaction and consent.  To the world’s owners, we hear now, data is the new petroleum.  Privacy destruction is thus global warming on Internet time.  Free software and free culture came into existence in the 20th century because people foresaw the threat to human freedom from networked computers collecting behavior, even as the NSA was inventing the mathematics of data-mining.  This talk attempts to provide a historical view: from the primordial slime to the current mess, as a great Yale historian used to say.  It will illustrate how, by thinking globally, we can act locally, using technologies of freedom embodied in something we call the FreedomBox, to improve the environment and increase both environmental consciousness and citizen empowerment, before it’s too late.


Professor Moglen has represented many of the world’s leading free software developers.  He clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the United States District Court in New York City and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court.  He has taught at Columbia Law School since 1987 and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and the University of Virginia.  In 2003 he was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for efforts on behalf of freedom in the electronic society.  Professor Moglen is admitted to practice in the State of New York and before the United States Supreme Court.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

ISP. Privacy Lab