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Privacy in the Digital World
By Robyn Taylor Knapp

Recent revelations about the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance operations have opened the public eye to the importance of Internet privacy. Richard Snowden’s NSA leaks have sparked a national debate over the range of government access to private information. It is an issue that, prior to these leaks, had been vastly overlooked.

Internet privacy expert, Rebecca MacKinnon, will be speaking at The SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing in late October. A Senior Research Fellow at New America Foundation, MacKinnon’s research, writing, and advocacy work focuses on the intersection of internet policy, human rights, and corporate accountability. The conference session on Internet Privacy will examine the roles that companies and investors can play in formulating practices that protect privacy in the digital world.

“The only legitimate purpose of government is to serve citizens, and… the only legitimate purpose of technology is to improve our lives, not manipulate or enslave us,” Rebecca MacKinnon said in a 2011 Ted Talk.

In wake of these NSA leaks, a lengthy list of technology companies, asset managers, and civil society organizations have sent a letter to the U.S. government seeking greater transparency. Specifically, the letter requests permission to tell the public the number of government requests for information about users, the number of individuals, accounts, or devices, for which information was requested, and other basic subscriber information.

There is an online petition where you can add your support to the effort to encourage the Obama Administration to “Provide More Transparency Around Government Surveillance of Internet Users.”

You can learn more about Rebecca Mackinnon from this news release, and you can plan to attend the 24th annual SRI Conference October 28-30, 2013 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Rebecca MacKinnon will one of many speakers and sessions focused on The Future of Investing.

“Each and every one of us has a vital part to play in building the kind of world in which government and technology serve the world’s people, and not the other way around.” – Rebecca MacKinnon


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Posted: August 14, 2013