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  • Tuesday
    Feb 20 2018
    CANCELED -- Data Privacy for Activists

    This meeting has been canceled due to weather and will be rescheduled for another date.

    Data privacy is important to everyone but can be felt even more keenly by those who advocate for causes that can be controversial. This workshop is to introduce foundational data privacy strategies and teach easy solutions for helping activists protect the privacy of those they engage with and themselves. Of course, you don't have to be an activist to benefit from making your digital life more secure -- all are welcome!

    Greg Stromire, a local security engineer and activist, has hosted variations of this workshop for over a year. He will base the content on the interests of those who attend, covering:

        • Why Privacy Matters
        • Private Messaging, Email, and Voice Communication
        • Securing Your Devices
        • Best Practices Online
        • Storage for Private Data
    

    Schedule: 6:00 PM: Doors 6:10 PM: Introductions and news 6:15 PM: Data privacy 7:15 PM: Q&A 7:30 PM: Wrap up and networking

    We'll have snacks, and there will be an opportunity for networking following the talks. We hope to see you there!

    By attending this TA3M meeting, you agree to follow our Code of Conduct: https://www.meetup.com/Portlands-Techno-Activism-3rd-Mondays/pages/22681732/Code_of_Conduct/

    {short} Code of Conduct Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays is dedicated to providing an informative and positive experience for everyone who participates in or supports our community, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, socioeconomic status, caste, or creed.

    Our events are intended to educate and share information related to technology and activism, and anyone who is there for this purpose is welcome. Because we value the safety and security of our members and strive to have an inclusive community, we do not tolerate harassment of members or event participants in any form.

    Audio and video recording are not permitted at meetings without prior approval.

    Our Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/Portlands-Techno-Activism-3rd-Mondays/pages/22681732/Code_of_Conduct/) applies to all events run by Portland's TA3M. Please report any incidents to the event organizer.

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 16 2018
    A Discussion with the ACLU

    Join us for a great in-person discussion with the ACLU of Oregon's legislative directory, Kimberly McCullough. She’ll give us an update on the battles the ACLU fought in 2017 and tell us about the plans for the coming year. She’ll also be a great resource for finding ways to empower yourself and shape the world for the better. Come join us for the evening!

    Schedule: 6:00 PM: Doors 6:10 PM: Introductions and news 6:15 PM: Update on current ACLU efforts/activities 6:45 PM: Q&A 7:15 PM: Ways you can get involved with the ACLU and its efforts 7:30 PM: Networking

    We’ll have snacks, and there will be an opportunity for networking following the discussion. Bring any questions you may have, and we hope to see you there!

    Speaker bio: Kimberly McCullough is the legislative director of the ACLU of Oregon. She joined the staff in February 2015 and directs ACLU’s advocacy and lobbying efforts before the Oregon Legislature and coordinates ACLU testimony before public bodies on the full range of civil liberties and civil rights issues in Oregon. She is also ACLU’s primary lobbyist on City of Portland matters.

  • Monday
    Oct 16 2017
    Controlling Your Online Privacy

    Join us this month for two awesome presentations about online privacy!

    First, Gizmodo's Kashmir Hill will join us remotely and share some Internet of Things stories, like the time she was able to control the lights in a stranger's house in another state, and how Amazon includes all Echo owners into a random social network.

    Then IT consultant and technical author Russell Mickler will walk us through the various privacy settings in Facebook so we can better control what we share with our contacts and only share the things we actually want to share.

    Program:

    6:00 PM - Doors

    6:30 PM - Kashmir Hill

    7:00 PM - Russell Mickler

    7:30 PM - Wrap up / networking

    We'll have snacks, and there will be an opportunity for networking following the talks. We hope to see you there!

    Speaker bios:

    Kashmir Hill is a senior reporter for the Special Projects Desk, which produces investigative work across all of Gizmodo Media Group's web sites. She writes about privacy and technology.

    Russell Mickler, Principal Consultant, has been leading IT organizations since 1996; he has helped hundreds of small businesses use technology better as a private consultant since 2003. During the 1990's, Mickler earned certifications in the Microsoft NT, Windows, and Novell Netware platforms. After earning his Master’s Degree in Technology in 2000, Mickler earned his Computer Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification in 2004. As a published technical author, Mickler teaches for universities across the country.

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  • Monday
    Sep 18 2017
    Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays - Privacy, Risk, and Response

    What exactly is privacy? Do we have a right to privacy, and if so, what can we do to exercise it? Do we even need to worry about privacy, and how much should we be concerned?

    Join us this month for a discussion of these topics and more with Russell Mickler, a local technology consultant. He’ll describe the current legal state of electronic privacy in America and describe the legal, technical, and behavioral responses that we can take as individuals to protect the confidentiality of our private information.

    This presentation includes a privacy self-assessment and scoring tool to help you tailor your response to privacy and will set up the conversation on privacy strategies and safeguards to extend into future TA3M sessions.

    During this discussion, we’ll talk about:

    • the definition of privacy

    • our response to privacy

    • risk assessment and response

    Program:

    6:00 pm - Doors

    6:15 pm - Presentation / discussion

    7:15 pm - Q & A / networking

    We'll have snacks, and there will be an opportunity for networking following the talk. We hope to see you there!

    Speaker bio:

    Russell Mickler, Principal Consultant, has been leading IT organizations since 1996; he has helped hundreds of small businesses use technology better as a private consultant since 2003. During the 1990's, Mickler earned certifications in the Microsoft NT, Windows, and Novell Netware platforms. After earning his Master’s Degree in Technology in 2000, Mickler earned his Computer Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification in 2004. As a published technical author, Mickler teaches for universities across the country.

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