Privacy Icons Legal Hackathon, Nov 16 – No Coding Skills Required

Join Disconnect, Mozilla and friends for the Privacy Icons Legal Hackathon on November 16, 2012 live in San Francisco or via livestream at — this event is free. All are welcome. RSVP now to secure your spot:

Each participant reads the privacy policies of 10 websites and applies the privacy icons to those sites. ”

People rarely read privacy policies, but they’re important.

So let’s make it easier for users to understand the most meaningful things a website does with their data. To accomplish this Disconnect is hosting a project to crowd-source — think Wikipedia — turning websites’ privacy policies into a set of Creative Commons licensed privacy icons. The project also will publicly launch with an API so that any developer can build tools using the icons and crowd-sourced data. Here’s a link to the current iteration of the project and a rudimentary Firefox add-on we created for the hackathon –

Our Hackathon Goal is for you to Iconify 1000 (or more) Privacy Policies

Each participant reads the privacy policies of 10 websites and applies the privacy icons to those sites. This critical mass of policies will be the foundation for further development of privacy-icon tools — and the theme for a follow up coder hackathon.



Everyone is welcome to participate, no coding skills are required. We are excited to connect with and include people and organizations interested in privacy, data transparency and the Open Internet. Current participants include student groups from Stanford, Hastings, and Harvard (to name a few); individuals from organizations including Mozilla, FTC, ACLU, CDT, Lawyerist, and Law Gives; privacy experts and lawyers. So this event is sure to be a great opportunity to dialog with thought leaders while contributing to a great project.


Presenters and Panelists

  • Charles Belle (Executive Director, UC Hastings Privacy & Technology Project)
  • Laura Berger (Sr. Attorney Division of Privacy & Identity Protection, FTC)
  • Chris Conley (Technology & Civil Liberties Fellow, ACLU)
  • Jim Dempsey (VP of Public Policy, CDT)
  • Natalie Fonseca (Co-founder, Privacy Identity Innovation)
  • Alex Fowler (Global Privacy & Public Policy Leader, Mozilla)
  • Lauren Gelman (Founder, BlurryEdge Strategies)
  • Marcia Hoffman (Senior Staff Attorney, EFF)
  • Tony Lai (Co-founder, LawGives; Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Stanford StartX and CodeX )
  • Laureli Mallek (Fellow, UC Hastings Privacy & Technology Project)
  • Casey Oppenheim (Co-founder, Disconnect)
  • Aza Raskin (Founder, Massive Health)



Noon — 12:30 Opening remarks and introduction to the Project

12:30 — 3:00 Apply icons, Q & A, panel led discussion

3:00 — 4:00 Refreshments, snacks


Participate Live or Online

RSVP to live or livestream event here: Watch the livestream or video replay: Follow conversation on Twitter: #privacyicons

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