[act-ma] 3/24/11 -- Ford Hall Forum presents "WikiLeaks, OpenLeaks, and Our Right to Know"; breakfast forum with Domscheit-Berg and Snorrason

Mary Curtin marycurtin at comcast.net
Wed Mar 9 16:48:10 PST 2011

Ford Hall Forum

at Suffolk University



WikiLeaks, OpenLeaks, and Our Right to Know



Daniel Domscheit-Berg and Herbert Snorrason


moderated by Wendy Ballinger


Thursday, March 24, 8-9:00 am

(special breakfast forum)

Moot Court Room, Suffolk University Law School


(Boston, MA 02108) Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents
"WikiLeaks, OpenLeaks, and Our Right to Know" with Daniel Domscheit-Berg
(former WikiLeaks staffer) and Herbert Snorrason (former WikiLeaks staffer);
moderated by Wendy Ballinger (Ford Hall Forum Board member).  Thursday,
March 24, 8-9:00 am [special breakfast forum].  Admission is free and open
to all; a complimentary light breakfast will be available.  Suffolk
University Law School, McLaughlin Moot Court Room, 120 Tremont St., Boston.
Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Park St. MBTA
Station.  For more information, call Ford Hall Forum at 617-557-2007 or
visit www.fordhallforum.org.


Although Herbert Snorrason and Daniel Domscheit-Berg, both former staffers
at WikiLeaks, cannot enter the United States for fear of arraignment, they
will join Ford Hall Forum live by video from Iceland and Germany to answer
questions about the necessity of and danger in leaking state secrets.  With
Wendy Ballinger, Treasurer and former Executive Director of Ford Hall Forum,
Snorrason and Domscheit-Berg will discuss why their newest venture,
OpenLeaks, is superior to Julian Assange's WikiLeaks model and other various
"Leaks" sites being launched around the world.  The two will reveal how and
why they became involved with WikiLeaks, particularly their beliefs on the
public's right to know versus global security.


Signed copies of "Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the
World's Most Dangerous Website" by Daniel Domscheit-Berg will be sold
following the presentation.


Daniel Domscheit-Berg from Germany cofounded and launched state
secret-sharing website OpenLeaks with Herbert Snorrason in 2011.
Domscheit-Berg, a skilled hacker, speaks regularly about information
transfers and remains committed to freedom of information and transparency
on the internet.  Under the pseudonym "Daniel Schmitt," he was the effective
second-in-command at WikiLeaks, serving as the organization's spokesman and
most public face after Julian Assange.  Domscheit-Berg was a computer
scientist who worked primarily in IT security for several multinational
companies prior to devoting himself full-time to WikiLeaks.


Herbert Snorrason is an Icelandic graduate student, historian, journalist,
and activist who first became involved with WikiLeaks via a public chat
room.  As a board member of the Icelandic Digital Freedom Society, he
invited WikiLeaks representatives to a meeting.  Julian Assange and Daniel
Domscheit-Berg accepted his invitation.  Following management disagreements
with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Snorrason and Domscheit-Berg
established OpenLeaks.


Moderator Wendy Ballinger is a principal of Ballinger Consulting, a
non-profit development and organizational consulting firm.


About Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University:


Ford Hall Forum is the nation's oldest free public lecture series.  The
Forum promotes freedom of speech and fosters an informed and effective
citizenry through public presentation of lectures, debates, and discussions.
Its events illuminate the key issues facing our society, by bringing to its
podium knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers from a broad range of
perspectives.  These individuals speak in person, for free, and in settings
that encourage frank and open debate.


The Forum began in 1908 as a series of Sunday evening public meetings held
at the Ford Hall, which once stood on Beacon Hill in Boston.  While the
original building no longer exists, the public conversations have continued
throughout the Boston area with the generous support of foundations,
corporations, academic institutions, and individuals.  In its 103rd year of
programming, the Forum continues to build upon its partnership with Suffolk
University.  Suffolk is now housing the Forum's administrative offices just
a block away from where the original Ford Hall once stood.


Ford Hall Forum programs are made possible through the generous
contributions from individual members as well as corporations and
foundations, including Altria, The Barr Foundation, Bingham McCutchen, The
Boston Foundation, Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, CBT Architects,
Digitas, The Fred and Marty Corneel Fund, Fidelity Investment, Helen Rees
Literary Agency, Houghton Chemical Corporation, Iron Mountain, Jackson &
Company, Levine Katz Nannis + Solomon PC, The Lowell Institute,
Massachusetts Cultural Council, McCarter & English LLP, Penny Pimentel, The
Pfizer Foundation, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation, Prince Lobel Glovsky
& Tye LLP, Sands Creative Group, Stonybrook Fine Arts, Suffolk University,
WBUR 90.9 FM, and the WGBH Forum Network.


For more information on Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, visit
www.fordhallforum.org.  Information about Suffolk University's partnership
with the Ford Hall Forum can be obtained by contacting Mariellen Norris,
(617) 573-8450, mnorris at suffolk.edu.


Coming up next at Ford Hall Forum:

"Haiti and Aid Effectiveness"

with Ronald Bernard (Heller School of Social and Policy Management at
Brandeis) and Gregory Adams (Oxfam America); moderator William Dorcena (Ford
Hall Forum Board member)

Thursday, March 31, 6:30-8 pm

Main Function Room, Suffolk University Law School

Ronald Bernard, Haitian aid recipient and graduate student at The Heller
School for Social and Policy Management at Brandeis University, and Gregory
Adams, Aid Effectiveness Director at Oxfam America, join moderator William
Dorcena, Ford Hall Forum board member and co-founder of The Boston Haitian
Reporter, to give voice to the troubled recovery after Haiti's devastating
earthquake.  Bernard reviews demonstrated drawbacks in U.S. aid delivery to
Haiti while Adams presents how the experience in Haiti has revolutionized
international relief organizations.  From the spread of cholera to
difficulties in texting donations, the glacial pace of observable healing in
Haiti prompts the question of whether our nation sincerely intends to help.





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