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"The purpose of a system is what it does."We believe in the power of people to craft how technology influences our lives and communities.
Here's the Issues.
Privacy. Surviellance. Digital security. Encryption. Net neutrality. Free speech. The Digital Divide. Tech monopolies. Freedom of information.
We help place informed and inspired humans into the center of tech-enabled efforts that are influencing society. As a member of the Electronic Frontier Alliance, we commit to principles of free expression, security, privacy, creativity and access to knowledge.
What we Do.
We research tech issues, provide aid to our community, host and attend gatherings, help educate the public, defend those who are on the margins, and provide knowledge support to decision-makers and leaders in San Diego.
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You may rest assured all the details of your email will remain confidential.We're always adding volunteers to our group. Our members have a variety of interests, professions and backgrounds. They call themselves artists, hackers, librarians, academics, business professionals, students, and retirees, among other labels.
As a group affiliated with the Electronic Frontier Alliance, our members must commit to principles of free expression, security, privacy, creativity and access to knowledge.
San Diego Privacy
San Diego Privacy is a group of volunteers who meet to discuss privacy topics and work on privacy efforts in San Diego. The group's focus is on strengthening a culture of privacy among San Diegans by applying new advances in the field of privacy to every day life.
San Diego Privacy is also working directly on matters that will be handled by the City of San Diego's new Privacy Advisory Board. While the board's creation is pending, San Diego Privacy is already actively working on researching the city's surveillance technology.
Blacklight Beach is a research project that investigates the use of tracking technologies by major organizations that serve the San Diego area. We are using open source and publicly available tools to expose the hidden trackers embeded in websites and apps, and asking organizations to explain their choices to the public.
Project Exfil is an effort by the San Diego Privacy team based on Californians' rights to request from companies the data companies have collected and stored about us. We request our data from a wide range of companies and meet to compare results and discuss the ramifications of what we've found.
Privacy Advisory Board
In November 2020, the City of San Diego's City Council voted unanimously to approve a new Privacy Advisory Board be created to advise councilmembers of privacy topics.
While the process of creating the board and seating the board are still in process, advocates from many walks of life are already making preparations to analyze the city's inventory of surveillance technology.
TRUST SD Coalition
The Transparent and Responsible Use of Surveillance Technology San Diego (TRUST SD) Coalition is comprised of 30 community groups united to demand community-led oversight of surveillance technology in San Diego.
TRUST co-authored the surveillance and privacy ordinances that were unanimously approved by San Diego City Council in November, 2020.
In 2020, San Diego Privacy co-founders assembled a unique voter's guide to understanding the CPRA (Prop 24). We look forward to future opportunities to inform the public on important topics that arise for voters' decisions.
Cyber Defense League
In 2021, Tech Lead launched this program to offer modern, standards-based cybersecurity advice to civil society groups in San Diego. Our no-cost advisory service is built on the industry's top frameworks and backed by experienced, certified professionals, to help organizations and individuals recognize and manage information risk.
Tech Lead participates in community efforts to defend against systemic attacks on digital privacy and encryption systems, through coalition building, education and letter writing campaigns.