[luv-announce] LUV Main October: Amazon Web Services + Privacy/Surveillance

Les Kitchen ljk at csse.unimelb.edu.au
Wed Sep 25 00:25:39 EST 2013

Web version is at http://luv.asn.au/2013/10/01

Start: Oct 1 2013 19:00
End: Oct 1 2013 21:00

The Buzzard Lecture Theatre. Evan Burge Building, Trinity
College, Melbourne University Main Campus, Parkville.
Link: http://luv.asn.au/meetings/map

1. Simon Elisha: AWS -- Overview & Useful things for Linux Users
2. Jan Whitaker: Privacy in the age of pervasive surveillance

Simon Elisha: AWS -- Overview & Useful things for Linux Users

AWS enables businesses and developers to do new and exciting
things that were previously impractical or expensive. This
session will provide a brief overview of AWS and useful things
for Linux users.

Simon Elisha is Principal Solution Architect for Amazon Web
Services (AWS). Simon works with senior IT leaders and their
teams across all business sizes to help them use cloud computing
as a business edge so that they can reduce costs and increase
business agility. Simon has 23 years of extensive experience in
large-scale systems architecture and deep knowledge of cloud
computing where he brings a pragmatic approach to solving
complex problems. He has held senior roles at Cisco, Hitachi
Data Systems, VERITAS Software, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, EDS and
business consulting organizations. Simon holds an Honors Degree
in Information Technology from Monash University.

Jan Whitaker: Privacy in the age of pervasive surveillance

For anyone paying attention nowadays, the words Wikileaks, NSA,
and Snowden bring to mind a range of reactions, from repulsion
to "nothing to hide, nothing to fear", and most likely a lot of
points in between. What do these social change developments
mean for people working in the ICT industry and the users of
computer based services? What do they mean for making ethical
decisions for oneself, one's family, and one's employer? Is
privacy truly dead or just on its last breath? Is it worth
fighting for? If so, how? Where do alternatives to the 'big 2'
operating systems fit in? Can open source play a part? These are
a smattering of the questions up for grabs in Jan's talk.

Jan Whitaker, MACS (Snr) CP, is an independent consultant in
ICT, a recent former board member of the Australian Privacy
Foundation (APF), and a life member of Electronic Frontiers
Australia (EFA). She has been teaching ethics, professionalism,
risk management, and compliance for ICT professionals through
the Australian Computer Society for the last four years. She has
also been a longtime member of the Melbourne PC User Group and
is convenor of the Casey Group of Melbpc.

The Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Evan Burge Building, Trinity
College Main Campus Parkville Melways Map: 2B C5

Notes: Trinity College's Main Campus is located off Royal
Parade. The Evan Burge Building is located near the Tennis
Courts. See our Map of Trinity College. Additional maps of
Trinity and the surrounding area (including its relation to the
city) can be found at

Parking can be found along or near Royal Parade, Grattan Street,
Swanston Street and College Crescent. Parking within Trinity
College is unfortunately only available to staff.

For those coming via Public Transport, the number 19 tram (North
Coburg - City) passes by the main entrance of Trinity College
(Get off at Morrah St, Stop 12). This tram departs from the
Elizabeth Street tram terminus (Flinders Street end) and goes
past Melbourne Central Timetables can be found on-line at:


Before and/or after each meeting those who are interested are
welcome to join other members for dinner. We are open to
suggestions for a good place to eat near our venue. Maria's on
Peel Street in North Melbourne is currently the most popular
place to eat after meetings.

LUV would like to acknowledge Red Hat for their help in
obtaining the Buzzard Lecture Theatre venue and VPAC for
hosting, and BENK Open Systems for their financial support of
the Beginners Workshops

Linux Users of Victoria Inc., is an incorporated association,
registration number A0040056C.

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