Eben Moglen, “Better Than Rage Against the Machine: Saving Privacy in One Hell of a Dangerous World”

Event time: 
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Sterling Law Building (SLB), Room 127 See map
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

We’re hosting an exciting lecture by Eben Moglen (‘85JD, ‘93PhD), Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University Law School and founder of the Software Freedom Law Center.  He is joining us as part of Yale Privacy Lab’s collaboration with the FreedomBox Foundation and in celebration of our FreedomBox implementation at Yale Law School.


Better Than Rage Against the Machine: Saving Privacy in One Hell of a Dangerous World

Privacy is about environment, not transaction and consent.  To the world’s owners, we hear now, data is the new petroleum.  Privacy destruction is thus global warming on Internet time.  Free software and free culture came into existence in the 20th century because people foresaw the threat to human freedom from networked computers collecting behavior, even as the NSA was inventing the mathematics of data-mining.  In this talk I attempt to provide a historical view: from the primordial slime to the current mess, as a great Yale historian used to say.  I then show how by thinking globally we can act locally, using technologies of freedom embodied in something we call the FreedomBox, to improve the environment and increase both environmental consciousness and citizen empowerment, before it’s too late.


Professor Moglen has represented many of the world’s leading free software developers.  He clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the United States District Court in New York City and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court.  He has taught at Columbia Law School since 1987 and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and the University of Virginia.  In 2003 he was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for efforts on behalf of freedom in the electronic society.  Professor Moglen is admitted to practice in the State of New York and before the United States Supreme Court.

Sponsoring Organization

Information Society Project at Yale Law School

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