Internet Freedom Hack: Defending Encryption

Melbourne - November 9th to 11th

Internet Freedom Hack is a series of community events that bring technologists with a passion for digital rights together to build things that advance the cause of internet freedom.


Barrett Brown

Writer and anarchist activist. Founded Project PM, which investigates the private espionage industry and the intelligence community.

Live from San Francisco on Sunday morning.

Lisa Rein will be hosting a conversation with Barrett Brown and Claire Peters about the Pursuance Project and Barrett’s new book “My Glorious Defeats: Hacktivist, Narcissist, Anonymous: A Memoir”.

Chris Culnane

University of Melbourne Lecturer, Verifiable Voting, Privacy and Cyber Security Researcher

What if our trust assumptions are wrong?

Much of the internet infrastructure, and our usage of it, is based on trust assumptions about a relatively small group of organisations and agencies. It is those trust anchors that have allowed people from different sides of the globe, to interact and trade on an unprecedented scale. As we continue to move critical services online we should take a moment to ask whether the trust assumptions that were acceptable for online trade, remain acceptable for sensitive data collection.

Additionally, as governments around the globe introduce ever more intrusive access and interception laws, including Australia’s Access and Assistance Bill, those same organisations will come under increased pressure to undermine, or outright break, those very assumptions. In this talk we will look at what some of those assumptions are, how they have come under pressure for commercial and reliability reasons, and the possible impact of the introduction of interception laws.

Scout Quinn

Non-binary technologist with absolutely nothing to hide in their medical history


Opt Out Like Now

Forgotten about my health record? The window is closing and if you haven’t opted out of the whole thing you really need to get on that. Here are a plethora of reasons why.

Suelette Dreyfus

University of Melbourne Academic, Executive Director of Blueprint for Free Speech

Assistance and Access Bill

The Government has been rushing a proposed new law, Australia’s Access and Assistance Bill, through Parliament. It will make our society less (not more) secure. Offensive and defensive technologies are the yin and yang of cybersecurity. This Bill forces Australia to tackle the tough question: It’s good to be able to hack the other guy, but is it worth exposing your own citizens to risk being able to do so?

I’ve recently come back from Canberra, with others from civil society and industry. We told it straight to the politicians on the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security - this Bill needs to be changed. It remains to be seen whether they will listen or not.

Come learn more about the Bill - what’s wrong with it, and what you can do.

Register now


ThoughtWorks Melbourne

23/303 Collins St, Melbourne