The Internet’s Off Switch: WikiLeaks, Arab Protests & Beyond

The IEEE Society and Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) are presenting two free public seminars on recent developments in the Internet sphere including the “Kill Switch” used in Egypt and Libya, Wikileaks and beyond.

This should prove a very timely event, given the recent developments concerning the Internet, and I’m hopeful that it will also give participants an opportunity to chime in about Australia’s proposed Internet filter and data retention laws.

The event will be hosted by Narelle Clark who has a long and rich history working within the Internet Society, and who can be considered on the forefront of policy discussion and education.  Narelle and I have collaborated previously on a number of IPv6 Summits in Australia for ISOC-AU.

For more on what will be covered at each event, here is an excerpt from the flyer:

“Over recent times we have  seen large scale disconnection from the Internet, country-wide domain name and application blocking, domain
name seizures, content filtering and talk of an Internet kill switch. How do we separate the reality and effectiveness of what is possible from
media reports and political dreams? In this talk Narelle will review the technical accounts and analysis of recent events and pose some
questions on the potential for Australia and the region.“

There are two days, held in Sydney and Melbourne, next month on the 15th and 21st.  Details below. 

Please download a copy of the flyer (PDF) for more information.

Tuesday 15th  March 2010
5.30 for 6.00pm
The Spot – Level 1 Lecture Theatre
Economics & Commerce Building (stairs or lift to Level 1)
198 Berkeley St (cnr Pelham St), South Carlton
RSVP: Michael Arnold,

Monday 21st  March 2011
5:30 for 6:00pm
Google Australia
Level 5, 48 Pirrama Rd,
RSVP: Lyria Bennett Moses,

Event Flyer (PDF)

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