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GW calendar logoHunter Moore, the infamous revenge porn kingpin, pleaded guilty to hacking and theft charges this week. Moore, who rose to internet celebrity by posting stolen nude photos without the consent of their subjects, will face seven years in prison.

While advocates are calling the conviction a victory, the threat of revenge porn and cyber privacy violation endures. Officials struggle to navigate the digital waters, as new issues of ownership, copyright, privacy, and free speech emerge without precedent.

TechPolicyLab_Logo_UWThe University of Washington’s Tech Policy Lab is hosting a roundtable discussion to address these issues, in collaboration with law firm K&L Gates. The panel, entitled Cyber Civil Rights and Effective Responses to Revenge Porn, will feature technology law specialist David Batemen, Northwest Region Federal Trade Commission Director Charles Harwood, and privacy rights advocates Colette Vogele and David Ward.

There will be a reception following the panel. Guests can RSVP for free here.

That’s one of the selections from the GeekWire Calendar, our curated list of the Pacific Northwest’s top tech events. Keep reading and visit the full calendar for more.

setiSETI: Past, present and future — finding aliens and finding ourselves

Space geeks won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear from Dr. Jill Cornell Tarter, one of the foremost experts in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Tarter is chairperson at the SETI Institute in Mountain View and served as project scientist for NASA’s SETI program. She’ll be speaking about her research, the importance of investing in long-term endeavors, and how the search for extraterrestrial intelligence can help sustain life on Earth, at the University of Washington. Online registrations for the event are full, but event organizers are offering standby seating on a space-available basis. More information is available here.

When and where: March 3, 6:30 p.m. UW Kane Hall, Seattle.

techmentorsSeattle Tech Mentors — Tech Career Mentoring

The new Seattle Tech Mentors meetup group is a venue for people to give and receive tech career advice. Organized by veteran Seattle software developer Brenden West, the meetup alternates between Seattle Central College and North Seattle Community College every other week. The next meetup is Feb. 18 at Seattle Central. Join the meetup group and RSVP to attend.

When and where: March 4, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Seattle Central College, Seattle.

Home_-_The_DRIVE_conferenceDRIVE/2015

DRIVE/ is calling all data geeks for this two-day interactive conference. Programming includes technical sessions, speaker presentations, networking, and a keynote from Former Drugstore.com Chairman and CEO Dawn Lepore. Tickets are on sale for $595 here.

When and where: March 11 – March 12. Hyatt Regency, Bellevue.

logo_png__300×120_South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival

Tech titans, music lovers, and artists alike will make the trek to Austin in a couple of weeks for the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. It’s three divisions — SXSW Music, SXSW Film, and SXSW Interactive — draw a diverse crowd of over 51,000 every year for 10 days of programing.  Up for the journey? Tickets are still on sale here.

When and where: March 13 – March 22. Austin, Texas. 

bash squareGeekWire Ping Pong & Anniversary Bash

GeekWire is turning 4 years old next month, and we’re celebrating in the best way we know how: With a massive ping pong and foosball tournament. Sign up for expert and intermediate ping-pong tournaments, or startup favorite, foosball.

Not interested in playing ping-pong or foosball? That’s great, because this is a party first and foremost. The GeekWire Bash is a unique setting to mix and mingle with hundreds of key members of the Seattle tech community. Get your early-bird tickets today!

When and where: March 26, 3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 

Items for this feature are picked from the GeekWire Calendar, where you can submit free listings for geeky gatherings and technology-related events in the Pacific Northwest. 

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