LUV Main October: Amazon Web Services + Privacy/Surveillance

Oct 1 2013 19:00
Oct 1 2013 21:00

The Buzzard Lecture Theatre. Evan Burge Building, Trinity College, Melbourne University Main Campus, Parkville.

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

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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