Paul L. Snyder on 3 Dec 2013 11:47:49 -0800

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[PLUG] [plug-announce] Wednesday, December 4, 2013: PLUG Central - "Catalyzing Social Change as a Privacy and Security Technologist" by Michael Brennan (7pm at USP, Griffith Hall)

PLUG Central will be meeting on Wednesday, December 4, at USP in
Philadelpha, at 7pm. Directions to the meeting location at the University
of the Sciences in Philadelphia can be found at the end of this email.

This month, PLUG is pleased to welcome Michael Brennan, who will be
presenting a talk entitled "Catalyzing Social Change as a Privacy and
Security Technologist."

  This talk will cover personal experiences in applying knowledge and
  research in privacy and security towards work on issues
  of social change around the world through government, international
  development, and hacker communities. In government, Michael worked as
  a technologist for the Federal Trade Commission, advising on national
  consumer privacy policies.In international development and activism, 
  Michael advises Radio Free Asia's Open Technology Fund, and traveled 
  to India and Burma to understand the risks faced by individuals on on
  the ground. In working with hacker communities, Michael has brought
  together hacking communities with nonprofits, governments and cities 
  to address problems such as domestic violence in developing countries. 
Speaker Bio: 

  Michael Brennan <> leads projects 
  related to technology and social impact at SecondMuse
  <>. These include Random Hacks of Kindness 
  <>, the National Day of Civic Hacking
  <> and NASA???s International Space Apps
  Challenge <>. He holds a Ph.D. in
  Computer Science from Drexel University where he co-founded their
  Privacy, Security and Automation Lab <> and
  was the recipient of the Jay Modi Memorial Award. His academic 
  research focused on privacy and security on the web, especially
  regarding the adversarial possibilities of authorship
  recognition. Michael is passionate about catalyzing positive social
  change through open technology communities, socially conscious 
  software development, and free and open access to the Internet. 

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP)
Griffith Hall (Room "C" or "A", look for the signs)
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

USP is located in University City.Driving directions are
available at, or, both of which have an aerial
view of the campus buildings. USP is also easily accessible by
public transportation.

There will be an open Question & Answer session at 7PM, prior to
the main presentation at 8PM. This is an open meeting; all are
welcome and encouraged to attend.

Usually, a number of members get together after the meeting at a
nearby restaurant for food and perhaps a beer or two. Come join
the camaraderie!
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