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NYC LOCAL: Monday 9 August 2010 MLP and ISOC-NY: David Solomonoff on Tak

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Monday 9 August 2010 MLP and ISOC-NY: David Solomonoff on Taking Back the Edge: Freedom and the Internet Model
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 15:58:13 -0000

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 Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2010 11:40:09 -0400
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 From: ISOC-NY announcements <>
 Subject: [isoc-ny] David Solomonoff: Taking Back the Edge: Freedom and the 
Internet Model

 David Solomonoff, President of the Internet Society of New York, will give a talk on "Taking Back the Edge: Freedom and the 
 Internet Model" at the monthly meeting of the Manhattan Libertarian 

 Time: August 9th (Second Monday of every month) 7:00 pm
 Location: Ukrainian East Village Restaurant
 Street: 140 2nd Ave
 City/Town: New York, NY

 I believe that historians will come to see the development of the 
 Internet as an event comparable to the development of movable type in 
 importance because of the way it has revolutionized human communication.

 The original decentralized, edge-based design of the Internet allowed 
 every connected computer to act as both a client and a server -- both to 
 be a publisher and a reader, a broadcaster and an audience.

 As the Internet continues to grow, maintaining it requires ongoing 
 development of both the technology and the standards and protocols that 
 are used to send and receive information across the Net.

 While some of the issues involved seem highly technical, even esoteric, 
 the decisions that are maintained can potentially change the Internet 
 from it's open architecture to a closed one that is more condusive to 
 repressive social structures where a only small group can send messages 
 and everyone else can only receive them, and where the inner workings of 
 the technology are kept secret and cannot be altered by anyone except 
 for a small elite.

 The mission of the Internet Society (ISOC) is to promote the open 
 development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all 
 people throughout the world.

 In pursuit of this mission, ISOC is actively involved in the open 
 development of standards, protocols, and the technical infrastructure of 
 the Internet.

 ISOC's activities are founded upon the principles of open, unencumbered, 
 beneficial use of the Internet. This requires, among other things, 
 freedom of self-expression without censorship, the right to privacy and 
 the use of encryption to that end, and cooperation between network 
 providers using openly developed standards and protocols.

 I'll discuss the long-term benefits that the current Internet model 
 brings to an open society and some the challenges to that model that 
 come both from repressive political forces and monopolistic interests
 that seek to convert the Internet to closed, highly centralized, 
 proprietary technologies.

 David Solomonoff is the President of the New York Chapter of the 
 Internet Society as well as the Library Systems Manager of the SUNY 
 Downstate Medical Research Library. He has worked in an IT capacity for 
 libraries and educational publishers for twenty years and is an active 
 open source software advocate.

 David Solomonoff, President
 Internet Society of New York

 Internet Society - NYC Metropolitan Area Chapter

 'The Internet is for Everyone."
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