@SarahCortes

InmanTechnologyIT , cambridge ma
Sarah Cortes is a senior technology manager with extensive experience in all aspects of Information Technology for financial services, as well as biotechnology, government and higher education.
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April 8, 2014 - 12:58am by @SarahCortes-121 human rights defenders from some of the world’s most repressive societies came together this weekend in Stockholm, Sweden to share their stories and participate in training. Cambridge internet freedom advocates trained these international democracy activists at the Civil Rights Defenders Conference in Sweden's capital. The Swedish NGO Civil Rights Defenders supports activists in countries around the world. CRD brought representatives from 31 countries for training from legal, security and technology specialists. Andrew Lewman from Cambridge-based Tor provided training in internet and digital security to help activists who may be under surveillance from governments whose policies and activities they protest. Defenders from activist groups representing repression based on race, gender, ethnicity, or opposition to government policies spent five days by the Swedish waterfront learning techniques governments use to target activists for surveillance. "Activists may not realize the extent to which their governments may monitor their computers, cellphones and other devices," said Lewman. "Learning to improve digital security may save their life, in some cases," he... read more
March 6, 2014 - 2:22am by @SarahCortes-Lining up more than two hours in advance in the freezing cold, college students and community members estimated at more than a thousand strong at this North Adams college queued around the block and down a steep hill for a chance to hear feminist author, journalist, and activist feminist Gloria Steinem speak last night. Squeezing into the main hall of the Church Street Center at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) as well as overflow rooms, hallways and even vestibules, the audience packed into every available space for her address. Steinem, 80, who has worked for women's rights and gender and racial equality for over 50 years, stood at the podium for almost two hours, speaking and taking questions from the audience. Energetically urging the men and women in the audience to continue to engage in "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions", also the title of one of her books, she drew a standing ovation at the end of her remarks. Afterwards, she remained standing and greeted a mob of well-wishers and petitioners. Steinem recalled her Cambridge connection when discussing Emerge, the first Abuser Education Program in the country, headquartered on... read more
October 16, 2013 - 8:28pm by @SarahCortes - Cambridge computer security expert Andrew Lewman provided training to technologists in Warsaw, Poland last Thursday. Executive Director of the Cambridge-based nonprofit anonymous communication technology organization, the Tor Project, Lewman traveled over 4,000 miles at the invitation of the Secure Poland 2013 conference to address computer security experts, among others. Poland's NASK Research Institute and the Polish CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) organized the conference. Lewman spoke to the audience of over two hundred, advising attendees from around the world on topics in privacy, anonymous communications and other technology. "Over the past few years, I have worked with many victims of stalking and abuse, who need to protect their online identity," said Lewman. "There's a book that's very popular in the US, by George Orwell, called 1984, about a dystopian future where the government records and controls everything. You, as a citizen, have no rights. George Orwell was an optimist," he told the audience, referring to recent revelations by Edward Snowden that the US NSA secretly conducts pevasive surveillance of US citizens, as well as non-citizens... read more
May 21, 2013 - 1:34am Michael Dukakis and Cambridge resident Shanti Fry received awards at last tonight's The Massachusetts Democratic Party's annual Roosevelt Awards event. Dukakis, the former governor of Massachusetts, exhorted the crowd not to let up before the June 25 special election. Fry, who helped raise a record amount of cash for Elizabeth Warren's campaign, reminded attendees the next 30 days would be the hardest. read more
May 19, 2013 - 8:30pm By Sarah Cortes-80 boys and 20 girls gathered at MIT media lab today to create computer projects, practice their programming skills and learn new skills. Using a programming language developed specifically for kids by Mitch Resnick at MIT, participants had an opportunity to have fun. Along the way they develop and sharpen skills that America desperately needs in its workforce, and that may one day provide the ultimate edge in today's job market. Once a skill reserved for a few specialists, programming, or "coding" as it is called, is now a skill expected in significant numbers by employers worldwide. Americans have lagged behind in adapting their education system to reflect this economic and employment reality, While children with elite educations in other countries like India and China have access to many coding learning programs and countless competitions read more
April 28, 2013 - 9:52pm by @SarahCortes-Over 120 technologists gathered at host Microsoft Cambridge this weekend to volunteer 48 consecutive hours of help for 24 nonprofits. Over 30 projects were accomplished for free for for organizations that otherwise cold not afford them. Projects included website implementations, database reverse engineering, and porting nonprofits' applications to more stable platforms. Jim O'Neil of Microsoft, who organized the event, said, "this is our fourth year, and we have seen that flexibility is the key to successful implementations and a fun, smooth weekend for volunteers." Paul Grenier was one of the coders who travelled from the land of Connecticut and camped overnight at Microsoft, which provided shower facilities and space for tents and sleeping bags, where volunteers caught a few hours of sleep over the weekend. @AutoSponge Grenier, worked on http://www.fuerza.is, an online application to help combat cyberstalking, a project inspired by a consortium that includes Emerge, http://www.emergedv.com, a Cambridge Abuser Education program, Transition House, http://www.transitionhouse.org, which provides shelter and services for victims of Domestic Violence, and https://www.... read more
April 14, 2013 - 4:34pm by Sarah Cortes-On Tuesday, the White House invited technologists from all over the world to brief senior staff on the use of technology to combat human trafficking. The White House conducted the briefing as part of its Human Trafficking Task Force. Human trafficking is described as modern day slavery. Dr. Steven Chan, a Chief Technology Officer/Research Fellow within the Department of Comparative Media Studies at MIT and Andrew Lewman, Executive Director of the Tor Project were among the invited technologists. Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the Task Force first on Tuesday morning in the White House briefing room. He noted an estimate of 27 million individuals believed held in modern day slavery due to Human Trafficking, a White House and Obama priority, Holder stated. Janet Napolitano next requested feedback on the draft action plan from those attending. Andrew Lewman, Executive Director of Tor, participated in the briefing Tuesday at the White House's invitation. He accepted the request to join the White House in 2012 during the White House's effort to enlist technology and technologists to combat human trafficking in order to "better understand the role of technology in... read more
April 10, 2013 - 7:12pm by Sarah Cortes-On Tuesday, the White House invited technologists from all over the world to brief senior staff on the use of technology to combat human trafficking. The White House conducted the briefing as part of its Human Trafficking Task Force. Human trafficking is described as modern day slavery. Dr. Steven Chan, a Chief Technology Officer/Research Fellow within the Department of Comparative Media Studies at MIT and Andrew Lewman, Executive Director of the Tor Project were among the invited technologists. Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the Task Force first on Tuesday morning in the White House briefing room. He noted an estimate of 27 million individuals believed held in modern day slavery due to Human Trafficking, a White House and Obama priority, Holder stated. Janet Napolitano next requested feedback on the draft action plan from those attending. read more
September 30, 2012 - 10:16pm By Sarah Cortes-Ever since Chinese computer hackers reportedly brought down the entire power grid of northeastern New York State, utilities and the US government have collaborated to strengthen the US energy infrastructure to prevent similar occurrences. Smart Grid technology, including computerized Smart Meters, have been rolled out around the US, and there are plans to install more, including in Cambridge and the entire state of Massachusetts. New Smart Grid technology can make your energy consumption data much more interesting, creating benefits- and problems. Collected at intervals as low as every hour or 15 minutes, increased granularity of your energy consumption paints a distinct picture of your activities in your home. And, the activities of others in your home while you are away. Each person may create a unique "digital energy usage signature" that can be used to identify who is in your home doing what, when. This is helpful when you want to understand how to cut down your energy usage. It also interests businesses that want to sell you things, other individuals who want to track your activities, and law enforcement and related government agencies, when they wants to... read more
September 6, 2012 - 7:45pm by @SarahCortes-As over 30 press outlets filed an amicus brief to protest secrecy surrounding PVC Bradley Manning's trial, protestors in Cambridge, Boston and 33 Obama campaign headquarters around the US joined yesterday in the demand to free Manning. Manning is accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents and media, including the video www.CollateralMurder.com, to Wikileaks. Many view Wikileaks as a news outlet similar to the New York Times, and Manning as a whistleblower similar to Daniel Ellsberg of the Pentagon Papers. Documents and media allegedly leaked by Manning to Wikileaks portray misconduct by the US military, such as that in the Collateral Murder video. Wikileaks director Julian Assange is currently in refuge in the Ecuadoran embassy in London, under threat of arrest and deportation to Sweden. Four US congressional representatives have called for Assange's death. The US seeks his extradition for publishing the classified material. Manning faces 22 charges, including aiding the enemy, unauthorized disclosure of national security information and violating orders. The maximum punishment for these crimes includes life imprisonment. The government has... read more

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