Anti-Censorship Best Practices: How to Make Keeping it up Easy and Taking it Down Hard

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Scheduled: Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B304

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What do bananas have to do with censorship? What do polyamorous people have in common with fax machines? How can you help your ideas have cyber-sex?

In this far-reaching seminar, join Social Justice Technologist and free software developer maymay as he explains the 101's of how to make keeping your content up easy and taking it down hard. More important than merely a crash-course on tools, learn the fundamentals of how to build anti-censorship techniques directly into your publishing process using nothing more technologically complex than copy-and-paste. Whether you're a non-technical individual or a savvy multi-national organization, you'll discover how you can put data portability, distributed publishing, and censorship circumvention tactics to use right away in order to stay one step ahead of those who would call you "obscene."

Description

What do bananas have to do with censorship? What do polyamorous people have in common with fax machines? How can you help your ideas have cyber-sex?

In today’s age of postmodern warfare, information itself can be a “weapon of mass destruction.” As corporations and repressive governments track, monitor, and ultimately crack down on their own citizens, employees, and independent publishers, information depicting everything from political speech to cartoon drawings of religious icons is becoming increasingly rationed and ever more tightly controlled. But nowhere is this more apparent than the realm of sexuality, where even basic health and safety information such as STI prevention is barricaded by dragnet-style filtering tools. The online spaces once heralded as among the safest and most valuable for sex-positive publishers like sex bloggers, public health professionals, librarians, and relationship educators have become hostile to the free flow of information while governments from China to Australia to the United States censor the Internet and companies like Facebook, Amazon, and PayPal arbitrarily enforce vague Terms of Service policies.

In this far-reaching seminar, join Social Justice Technologist and free software developer maymay as he explains the 101’s of how to make keeping your content up easy and taking it down hard. More important than merely a crash-course on tools, learn the fundamentals of how to build anti-censorship techniques directly into your publishing process using nothing more technologically complex than copy-and-paste. Whether you’re a non-technical individual or a savvy multi-national organization, you’ll discover how you can put data portability, distributed publishing, and censorship circumvention tactics to use right away in order to stay one step ahead of those who would call you “obscene.”

Speaking experience

As a full-time public speaker, I give a lot of talks and I give them relatively often. Highlights of my public speaking experience are available on my website:

http://maybemaimed.com/label/my-videos/

You can also see a full listing of my speaking experience:

http://maybemaimed.com/cv/#speaking-and-performance

I first presented this talk at the Atlanta Poly Weekend 2011 conference:

http://maybemaimed.com/2011/03/29/anti-censorship-best-practices-for-the-sex-positive-publisher-atlanta-poly-weekend-2011/

Speaker

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    Biography

    A full-time activist, essayist, and public speaker focusing on the intersection of sex and technology, maymay has more than a decade of experience working in the tech sector in various positions ranging from sysadmin, to network engineer, to web developer. As a social justice technologist, maymay rallies hackers, Makers, DIY enthusiasts, environmentalists, and myriad other groups to support sex-positive feminism. As a sexual freedom activist, maymay works to connect enclaves of the sex-positive movement with one another through the power of the Internet and social networking. And yes, for the record, he does use Vim for everything, even HTML.

    Sessions

      • Title: Anti-Censorship Best Practices: How to Make Keeping it up Easy and Taking it Down Hard
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B304
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        What do bananas have to do with censorship? What do polyamorous people have in common with fax machines? How can you help your ideas have cyber-sex?

        In this far-reaching seminar, join Social Justice Technologist and free software developer maymay as he explains the 101’s of how to make keeping your content up easy and taking it down hard. More important than merely a crash-course on tools, learn the fundamentals of how to build anti-censorship techniques directly into your publishing process using nothing more technologically complex than copy-and-paste. Whether you’re a non-technical individual or a savvy multi-national organization, you’ll discover how you can put data portability, distributed publishing, and censorship circumvention tactics to use right away in order to stay one step ahead of those who would call you “obscene.”

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/941">Meitar Moscovitz</a>