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Monday
Sep 16
Privacy Happy Hour!
Jack Knife

Let's close out the summer with a privacy-related happy hour!

Join us for some great conversations around privacy and other TA3M topics or whatever else you'd like to discuss. Come get to know our other members better and give us ideas about what you'd like to do and/or learn in our meetings in the coming year. There will be food and drink available for purchase, and 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/or 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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Monday
Jun 17, 2013
Techno-Activism 3rd Monday: Portland's First!
Puppet

RSVP to this FREE event on eventbrite

What is it?

This is the first Techno-Activism 3rd Monday event for Portland, Oregon! Read more about techno-activism 3rd mondays.

Who should come?

Anyone interested in techno-activism. We invite coders, geeks, artists, and anyone else. No technical experience required.

Who's hosting?

The Privly Foundation will organize this and future TA3M Portland events. Puppet Labs is generously providing space. Gliph is providing free refreshments for attendees.

Event Description

We'll be chatting with James Vasile. James directs the Open Internet Tools Project, which supports development of anti-censorship and anti-surveillance tools. He is a partner at Open Tech Strategies, which advises organizations and businesses as they navigate the open-source world. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he acts as a strategic advisor on a range of free software efforts.

James has helped boot up a number of free software organizations, including the FreedomBox Foundation, Open Source Matters, and the Software Freedom Conservancy. His FreedomBox work has been recognized by an Innovation Award at Contact Summit 2011, as well as an Ashoka ChangeMaker’s award for Citizen’s Media.

You can learn more about James at JamesVasile.com.

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Monday
Mar 16, 2015
Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays: Privacy Day Happy Hour
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

Privacy Day is on March 16th down in Salem. You can learn more about it here: http://aclu-or.org/privacyday. We encourage you all to attend, if you can!

Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays is having a no-host evening happy hour so folks who went can share their experiences, and for folks who didn't go to learn about Privacy Day and hear about how things went. It'll also be a time to talk amongst ourselves and privacy-related events and policies that impact our lives.

What is Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays?

Techno-Activism Third Mondays (TA3M) is an informal meetup designed to connect software creators and activists who are interested in censorship, surveillance, and open technology. This is an international meetup and happens in over 20 cities around the world.

Portland's TA3M does meetups on all of the above topics (and more!). The format varies from month to month. Sometimes we have fantastic speakers, sometimes we do lightning talks, and sometimes we do hands-on workshops. It all depends on what our meetup attendees are interested in hearing about, and what we have time to plan. Have a suggestion for a topic? Let us know!

Code of Conduct

As with all of our events, there is a code of conduct. Please read it here: https://www.privly.org/content/code-conduct. All attendees are expected to abide by this code of conduct.

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Monday
Apr 20, 2015
Techno-Activism 3rd Monday: Movie Night
The Gameroom

Free, but please RSVP with the link provided above

Movie Night

We'll have a cozy movie showing at theGameRoom. The movie is to-be-decided but will be on one of the following topics: privacy, surveillance, security, censorship.

Join us for a movie & discussion - everyone is welcome!

Appetizers will be provided, but we encourage you to support theGameRoom and indulge in a beverage and more food!

What's TA3M?

This is the Techno-Activism 3rd Monday event for Portland, Oregon. Techno-Activism Third Mondays (TA3M) is an informal meetup designed to connect software creators and activists who are interested in censorship, surveillance, and open technology. Currently, TA3M are held in various cities throughout the world, with many more launching in the near future.

Who should come?

Anyone interested in techno-activism. We invite coders, geeks, artists, and anyone else. No technical experience required.

Who's hosting?

The Privly Foundation organizes this and future TA3M events.

theGameRoom is generously providing space for the event. After the meetup, theGameRoom will provide free game play to TA3M attendees.

Code of Conduct

As with all of our events, there is a code of conduct. Please read it here: https://www.privly.org/content/code-conduct. All attendees are expected to abide by this code of conduct.

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Wednesday
Jan 18, 2017
Pentesting: Find Where Your Systems are Vulnerable
Mozilla

TA3M is back, and we have a great meeting lined up for you!

There have been a number of stories in the news lately about hacking and data breaches, and we all want our personal data to be secure. In order to prevent these attacks on our privacy, an important step is to identify any vulnerabilities in the computer systems that store our private data before those faults can be used to steal the data. And that's where penetration testing comes in. Penetration testing, or "pentesting," is a process of attacking computer systems in order to find security weaknesses so that they can be fixed before criminals and other malicious actors find and take advantage of them.

Please join us for a fascinating presentation that will examine some common computer attacks and preventative steps that we can take to avoid them. Karl Fosaaen, from NetSPI, will talk about working as a pentester and will discuss avoiding exploits in applications and networks and how to counter social engineering attacks.

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

Speaker Bio:

Karl is a Managing Consultant with NetSPI who specializes in network and web application penetration testing. With over eight years of consulting experience in the computer security industry, he has worked in a variety of industries and has made his way through many Active Directory domains. Karl also holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. This year, he has spent a fair amount of time digging into the Skype for Business APIs. Prior to that, Karl has helped build out and maintain NetSPI's GPU cracking boxes. Karl has previously spoken at THOTCON, BSidesMSP, BSidesPDX, and DerbyCon. In his spare time, you may see him trying to sell you a t-shirt as a swag goon at DEF CON.

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Monday
Jun 19, 2017
Introduction to Tor
Mozilla

Join us for a combined meeting with Seattle TA3M!

Congress has recently repealed the upcoming Internet privacy protections that the FCC passed back in 2015. Those protections required Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to get permission from their users before selling user data to third parties. Now, ISPs will be able to sell our Internet browsing histories and other data to the highest bidder.

But wait… You don't have to give them all of your data!

You can instead use Tor, also known as The Onion Router, to encrypt your search requests and browsing activity and route your Internet traffic through a distributed network of relays (run by volunteers around the world) in order to protect your privacy. Tor prevents anyone watching your Internet connection from seeing your location or which websites you visit. It can also help you to access blocked sites.

Alison Macrina, from the Library Freedom Project will be talking to both groups, Seattle TA3M and us, via teleconference. She'll explain how Tor works, how you can set it up, and how you can help Tor to make the network more secure for all users.

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

Speaker bio:

Alison Macrina is a librarian, internet activist, the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, and a core contributor to The Tor Project. Alison is passionate about connecting surveillance issues to larger global struggles for justice, demystifying privacy and security technologies for ordinary users, and resisting an internet controlled by a handful of intelligence agencies and giant multinational corporations.

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Tuesday
Feb 20, 2018
CANCELED -- Data Privacy for Activists
Northwest Academy

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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Monday
Apr 16, 2018
Data Privacy for Activists
Northwest Academy

Join us for a combined meeting with Data Privacy PDX!

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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Monday
May 21, 2018
Breaking Telco Monopoly Power through Public Ownership of Infrastructure
Northwest Academy

We have a problem with federal telecommunications policy in the US. The problem is that federal regulators have decided that, instead of regulating, they would rely on competition, but competition doesn't occur naturally because of the de facto requirement to build your own infrastructure in order to compete. This leaves users vulnerable to economic predation by the owners of the infrastructure.

Municipal Broadband PDX is a newly formed group that wants to solve this problem by creating a publicly-owned network infrastructure.

Russell Senior, a member of Municipal Broadband PDX and president of the Personal Telco Project, has been advocating for this type of infrastructure for years. He'll talk to us about federal policy, the monopolistic conditions that result, and the abuses those monopolistic conditions allow. He'll also explain how a public telecommunications utility solves these problems and what such a network might look like. There will be a short video included in the presentation.

Please join us for this informative presentation and discussion! We'll have snacks, and there will be an opportunity for networking afterwards. We hope to see you there!

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

Bio: Russell Senior has been involved with the Personal Telco Project since 2005. The Personal Telco Project is a volunteer-based non-profit in Portland, founded in November 2000, that cares about network freedom. We operate public-access wifi networks in about about 60 locations around the area, where other volunteers have agreed to host them (you can too!). About 120,000 unique devices connect to our networks annually. About 5,000 of those are habitual users. If you connect to one of our networks, we don't know who you are, and we don't care what you do; we just ask you not to get the host of the network in trouble. Russell has been President of Personal Telco since 2009.

Russell has had a 20+ year career as a research programmer and data manager. He did a 13-month hitch at the National Science Foundation funded Science and Technology Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction in 2015-2016 and got to work on ocean glider and fixed station measurement data. He did a week-long research cruise from Newport, Oregon to about Longview, Washington on the Columbia River, mapping the ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore mesh network they use, as well as participating in vertical profiling of the ocean, estuary and river waters. Russell has been using Linux since 1992 and has been doing embedded Linux programming, primarily OpenWrt/LEDE on wireless routers for over a decade and has helped develop wifi-based consumer products.

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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Monday
Jun 18, 2018
Senator Wyden's Work on Privacy
Northwest Academy

Learn about what Senator Ron Wyden and his team are doing to protect your privacy! Grace Stratton (from Sen. Wyden's local office) will be at the meeting, and Chris Soghoian (from the DC office) will join us remotely, and they'll discuss the following topics:

  • Surveillance: including stingrays, cell phone tracking by law enforcement, border searches of laptops and phones.

  • Cybersecurity: how to stay safe online and what Senator Wyden is doing to make sure that Oregonians are more secure from hackers.

  • Consumer privacy: Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, etc.

Join us for a great presentation and discussion! We'll have snacks, and there will be an opportunity for networking afterwards. We hope to see you there!

Schedule:

  • 6:00 PM: Doors

  • 6:10 PM: Introductions and news

  • 6:15 PM: Presentation

  • 7:15 PM: Q&A

  • 7:30 PM: Wrap up and networking

Speaker bios:

Grace Stratton is Senator Wyden’s Multnomah County Field Representative and focuses on all issues related to this region.

Chris Soghoian is a TechCongress Fellow in Senator Wyden’s Washington DC office and focuses on Cybersecurity and Surveillance policy.

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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Monday
Aug 20, 2018
Digital Forensics
Northwest Academy

News today is thick with stories of government agencies trying to find digital evidence of wrongdoing: interrogating mobile phones for evidence, tracing emails to find a stalker or looking at a killer’s search history to discover motives. Digital forensic analysis now plays a pivotal role in both corporate and legal investigations. However, few outside of the industry understand the intricacies involved in a forensic undertaking — the capabilities and limitations of the forensics investigative process, the role of the digital forensic investigator or the extent of the laws governing these actions.

In this session, Tiberius Hefflin, Founder of Go Boldly, will delve into the basics of digital forensics. Attendees will learn what digital forensics draws from forensic science, how the law informs what a forensic investigator is ethically able to do, the many uses of digital forensics, evidence collection methods, anti-forensics methods, what the incident response process should look like and how they can maintain crime scene integrity until investigators can carry out an assessment.

While the subject is dense and could certainly be expanded, this introduction is aimed at those new to digital forensics with the goal of providing a solid foundational understanding which can be built upon with self directed learning.

Trigger Warning: Violent Crime, Child Abuse, Murder

While the talk will not cover these topics in great detail, Tiberius Hefflin will be discussing real crimes that have been solved due to digital forensics.

Join us for a great presentation and discussion! We'll have snacks, and there will be an opportunity for networking afterwards. We hope to see you there!

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

Speaker bio:

Tibbs graduated from the University of the West of Scotland with a degree in computer security. She has since relocated to Portland, OR, where she evangelizes for privacy and security while doing Open Source Security Research at a large blue chip company. She is passionate about creating opportunity for diversity in the InfoSec community, teaching InfoSec best practices to average computer users, encouraging small children to learn more about STEM topics and about laughing at cats on the internet.

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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Monday
Sep 17, 2018
Newsroom Security in the US and Abroad
Northwest Academy

In the past decade, media organizations and newsrooms have become high value targets for digital attacks. Whether it is governments purchasing spyware to illegally surveil reporters in the diaspora, like the government of Ethiopia has been caught doing twice, or information campaigns to discredit news sources, newsrooms have become targets of government 'cyber warfare'.

Norman Shamas will lead a conversation on some of the current threats and the state of security in newsrooms in the US and around the globe (primary focus on South Africa) followed by a conversation on a new training guide for US-based newsrooms([1]), which Norman helped write.

This month's TA3M will be interactive and an open discussion. If you are interested in walking through any of the modules during the meeting, please post a comment in the discussion or send the organizer a message through Meetup.

[1] https://the-field-guide-to-security-training-in-the-newsroom.readthedocs.io/en/latest/

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

Speaker bio:

Norman Shamas is an activist and educator whose work focuses on human-centered information and digital security and privacy.

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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Monday
Oct 15, 2018
Election security: How hackable are Oregon's vote scanners?
Northwest Academy

As Oregonians know, our state has a mail-in voting system, where all ballots are cast either by mail or by dropping them into collection boxes available throughout the area. But, what happens to your ballot after election workers pick it up, and how do you know that your vote will actually be counted?

Sheila Golden has researched the use of optical scanners in scanning our ballots and will report her findings as to the accuracy of the scanners and the results of the vote tally systems. She'll also update us on the current status of legislative efforts to ensure valid election results in the state of Oregon.

Join us for a great presentation and discussion! We'll have snacks, and there will be an opportunity for networking afterwards. We hope to see you there!

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

Speaker bio:

Sheila Golden is an activist focusing on election integrity, civil liberties/immigrant rights, and climate justice. She works with the ACLU, 350PDX, and currently, Sen. Lew Frederick.

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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Monday
Jan 21
Privacy Happy Hour!
Jack Knife

Join us for some great conversations about privacy, security, and other TA3M topics! Come get to know your fellow members better and give us ideas about what you'd like to do and/or learn in our meetings this year. There will be food and drink available for purchase, and 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/or 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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Monday
Mar 18
The Perpetual Lineup
Northwest Academy 1208 SW 13th Ave, 2nd floor Portland, OR

Note: This meeting will start at 7:00 PM, NOT at our usual time. Doors will be monitored for access until 7:20 PM. If you arrive later, please post a note to the meeting page on Meetup, and we'll work to respond and let you in.

Join us for a combined meeting with Seattle TA3M!

Details about the meeting location and parking are listed at the end.

You are probably in a criminal face recognition network.

Did you know that half of US adults are in a face-recognition database? If you live in Oregon or Washington state, your face data is stored in your state's driver license database. Both states use facial recognition software to prevent driver license fraud and neither currently shares their databases with law enforcement. But what if that changes?

Facial recognition can be useful for some things, like unlocking our phones, but companies and governments can also use the technology for their own purposes — without our consent. While the technology has made great advances in accuracy, many programs still have difficulty with darker faces, women, and children. And a number of questions still exist in other areas including privacy, consent, discrimination, and whether the technology will be used for general, suspicionless surveillance.

Clare Garvie and her colleagues at Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology did a year-long investigation on police use of facial recognition, and the result of their research is a paper called "The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America" (https://www.perpetuallineup.org/). She'll share insights from the study and tell us how the information has already been put to use in shaping policy for the use of facial recognition technology by government. She'll be speaking to both groups, Seattle TA3M and us, via teleconference.

Join us for a great presentation and discussion about facial recognition! We'll have snacks, and there will be an opportunity for networking afterwards. We hope to see you there!

Schedule:

6:55 PM: Doors

7:00 PM: Introductions

7:10 PM: Presentation

Speaker bio:

Clare Garvie joined the Center on Privacy and Technology as a Law Fellow after graduating from Georgetown Law in 2015, and now serves as a Senior Associate. In 2016, she was lead author of The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America. Her current research continues to focus on the use of face recognition by law enforcement and the ways activists, public defenders, and policymakers can ensure the technology is under control. Prior to entering law school, she worked in human rights and international criminal law with the International Center for Transitional Justice. She received her B.A. from Barnard College in political science, human rights, and psychology. You can follow her on Twitter at @clareangelyn.

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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Monday
Apr 15
City of Portland Privacy and information protection principles
Northwest Academy 1208 SW 13th Ave, 2nd floor Portland, OR

Note: Doors will be monitored for access until 6:20 PM. If you arrive later, please post a note to the meeting page on Meetup, and we'll work to respond and let you in.

Cities around the world are using data to become more efficient and to better meet the needs of their residents. The problem, though, is that as more and more information is gathered, cities may be inadvertently surveilling their populations. Additionally, improper storage and handling of collected data can lead to theft or other losses. The good news is that the City of Portland is working to protect your data and your privacy!

Hector Dominguez, the Open Data Coordinator at Smart City PDX, within Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, is working with other city groups, and even groups from other cities, to determine the best policies and practices for privacy and data protection in Portland. The result of their work is a set of privacy and information principles to be approved by Portland City Council and then implemented as citywide policy.

In this interactive presentation, Hector will review the privacy and information principles as well as the impacts on both city services and the various communities within the city.

Join us for a great presentation and discussion about privacy in Portland, how the privacy and information principles will affect you, and how you can help! We'll have snacks, and there will be an opportunity for networking afterwards. We hope to see you there!

Schedule:

6:00 PM: Doors

6:10 PM: Introductions

6:15 PM: Presentation

Speaker bio:

Hector Dominguez is the Open Data Coordinator at the City of Portland. In 2009, Portland became the first city in the United States to adopt an Open Data Resolution to encourage the expansion of the technological community by promoting open data and partnerships between City government and the public, private and nonprofit sectors, academia, and labor.

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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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Monday
May 20
Artificial Intelligence and the “Barrier of Meaning”
Northwest Academy 1208 SW 13th Ave, 2nd floor Portland, OR

In today's news, we see plenty of stories about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the world. There are many potential benefits to be gained from AI, but there are also a number of concerns about how it will affect our lives moving into the future. What exactly is artificial intelligence anyway?

In 1986, the mathematician and philosopher Gian-Carlo Rota wrote, “I wonder whether or when artificial intelligence will ever crash the barrier of meaning.” Here, the phrase “barrier of meaning” refers to a belief about humans versus machines. Humans are able to “actually understand” the situations they encounter, whereas AI systems (at least current ones) do not possess such understanding. The internal representations learned by (or programmed into) AI systems do not capture the rich “meanings” that humans bring to bear in perception, language, and reasoning.

In this talk, Melanie Mitchell, a professor of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at Portland State University, will assess the state of the art of artificial intelligence in several domains and describe some of their current limitations and vulnerabilities, which can be accounted for by a lack of true understanding of the domains they work in.

Audience participation in the discussion will be encouraged, and together, we'll explore the following questions:

- To be reliable in human domains, what do AI systems actually need to “understand”?
- Which domains require human-like understanding?
- What does such understanding entail?

Join us for a great presentation and discussion about artificial intelligence! We'll have snacks, and there will be an opportunity for networking afterwards. We hope to see you there!

Schedule:

6:00 PM: Doors

6:10 PM: Introductions

6:15 PM: Presentation

Speaker bio:

Melanie Mitchell is Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University, and External Professor and Member of the Science Board at the Santa Fe Institute. She attended Brown University, where she majored in mathematics and did research in astronomy, and the University of Michigan, where she received a Ph.D. in computer science, Her dissertation, in collaboration with her advisor Douglas Hofstadter, was the development of Copycat, a computer program that makes analogies. She has held faculty or professional positions at the University of Michigan, the Santa Fe Institute, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the OGI School of Science and Engineering, and Portland State University.

She is the author or editor of five books and over 80 scholarly papers in the fields of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and complex systems. Her most recent book, Complexity: A Guided Tour, published in 2009 by Oxford University Press, is the winner of the 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award. It was also named by Amazon.com as one of the ten best science books of 2009 and was long-listed for the Royal Society's 2010 book prize. Melanie originated the Santa Fe Institute's Complexity Explorer online education program, which offers online courses and other educational resources related to the field of complex systems.

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/

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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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Monday
Jun 17
Geeks Without Bounds
Northwest Academy 1208 SW 13th Ave, 2nd floor Portland, OR

Please note that this meeting starts at 7:00 PM! Doors will be monitored for access until 7:20 PM

Join us for a combined meeting with TA3M Seattle!

Geeks Without Bounds (GWOB) is a humanitarian organization of technologists, first responders, policymakers, and volunteers that works towards improving access to communication and technology. With a focus on working with communities that have limited infrastructure due to violence, negligence, or catastrophe, GWOB organizes hack-a-thons for humanitarian technology, and helps prototype projects intended to turn into long-term initiatives through their Accelerator for Humanitarian Projects.

Lisha Sterling, executive director of GWOB, recently returned to Washington state from the US-Mexico border. She'll be talking to our groups about her month in Tijuana supporting Al Otro Lado and Frontline Wellness United, and ongoing technology projects supporting the health and legal rights of asylum seekers. We'll join her talk via teleconference.

Join us for a great presentation! We'll have snacks, and there will be an opportunity for networking afterwards. We hope to see you there!

Speaker bio:

Lisha Sterling is executive director of Geeks Without Bounds, which was formed in October 2010.

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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Monday
Aug 19
Machine Learning in the Real World
Northwest Academy 1208 SW 13th Ave, 2nd floor Portland, OR

Companies and governments increasingly deploy intelligent systems to the real world. These systems—depending on the design and purpose—have the capacity to either greatly enhance the general well-being of the world or bring about some form of a science fiction dystopia.

Sean McGregor, who will speak to us via teleconference, will cover both aspects of these systems in equal measure. First, he'll share examples of leading-edge "AI for Good" research. Then, he'll guide us through some real-world harms caused by deployed AI systems as explored from the AI Incident Database now under development with the Partnership on AI. Sean will then wrap up the talk with a discussion of current opportunities and risks in the development of AI systems for the general welfare.

Join us for a great presentation and discussion! We'll have snacks, and there will be an opportunity for networking afterwards. We hope to see you there!

Speaker bio:

Sean defended his machine learning PhD at Oregon State University with research projects at the intersection of reinforcement learning and public policy. He now focuses on solving real-world problems with machine learning and visual analytics, including problems in wildfire suppression, heliophysics, and analog neural network computation.

Outside of his research, Sean serves as technical lead for the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, chair of the Partnership on AI expert group for Safety Critical AI, and member of the Fair, Transparent, and Accountable (FTA) expert group. Sean's "day job" is developing neural networks to run on analog architectures at Syntiant. Outside of his paid work, Sean co-founded the Portland TA3M, a series of workshops at major academic AI conferences on the topic of "AI for Good," and a now defunct non-profit dedicated to privacy education, the Privly Foundation.

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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