During our CS Table on net neutrality, we'll run through the basic principles and history, discuss previous actions to strengthen or erode net neutrality, and think about the consequences of possible upcoming changes from the FCC. As always, we strongly encourage you to complete the readings before the discussion, but you are welcome whether you have read or not.
Computer science table (CS Table) is a weekly meeting of Grinnell College community members (students, faculty, staff, etc.) interested in discussing topics related to computing and computer science. CS Table meets Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm in JRC 224B. Contact the CS faculty for the weekly reading. Students on meal plans, faculty, and staff are expected to cover the cost of their meals. Visitors to the College and students not on meal plans can charge their meals to the department.
The first CS Table of the semester will be a discussion of Facebook's new efforts to bring Internet to the world. In Facebook's words:
"At the core of our efforts with Internet.org are non-exclusive partnerships with mobile operators to offer free basic internet services to people through Internet.org. This is a set of basic websites and services to introduce people to the value of the internet, and that we hope add value to their lives."
Apologies for the many loose readings, but this issue is new enough that there isn't a good, canonical resource out there describing both sides. Come to lunch having skimmed the links below and some sense of what the Free Basics controversy is about, and we'll discuss!
Computer science table (CS Table) is a weekly meeting of Grinnell College community members (students, faculty, staff, etc.) interested in discussing topics related to computing and computer science. CS Table meets Tuesdays from 12:00-12:45 in JRC 224C. Students on meal plans, faculty, and staff are expected to cover the cost of their meals. Visitors to the College and students not on meal plans can charge their meals to the department.
On Thursday, May 1, a video recording of a recent talk by Edward Snowden, “Here's how we take back the Internet,” will be presented. Mr. Snowden is a former system administrator for the National Security Agency who resigned last May in order to expose widespread violations of civil rights and other abuses of power in the NSA.
Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Noyce 3817). The presentation, “ Here's how we take back the Internet,” will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend!
This Friday at CS Table, we'll talk about the possible use of the Internet as a medium for casting ballots in elections in the United States. Here are some readings to inform and point up the discussion:
States move to allow overseas and military voters to cast ballots by Internet.The New York Times, May 8, 2010.
DC Internet voting trial intermediate results.Risks digest, October 1, 2010.
Hacking the D.C. Internet voting pilot.Freedom to tinker, October 5, 2010.
D.C. voting pilot program filled with security holes.WTOP.com, October 8, 2010.
Rebecca Mercuri's statement on electronic voting.2007.
As usual, we'll meet at noon or a little after, in Rosenfield 224A.
This Friday at CS Table, Simon and Jeff will present the information contained in packet headers and lead a continued discussion on network surveillance. We suggest the following reading (as much as you have interest or time for):*ResNet Guidelines and Policies
As usual, we'll meet a little after noon in JRC 224A.
Students who are registered for CSC 295: We'll be doing sign-ups for after fall break. Please bring your calendars!