Internet Freedom Hack: Defending Truth
April 20th to April 21st
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.
Fighting back against internet apathy, privacy nihilism and the Government
Join Dr Monique Mann in conversation with Lauri Love about all the terrible things that governments around the world are doing for internet freedom and privacy, with a focus on the ridiculous #waronmaths in Australia and across the Five Eyes alliance more broadly. We will talk through the options of what we can realistically do about it as scholactivists and hacktivists, and drawing from Love’s recent success fighting extradition and 99 years in a US prison, how to fight back against internet apathy, privacy nihilism and the government.
Digital thresholds and the collateral risks of policing online
Governments around the world are reviving efforts for expanded powers of policing online. Among a range of developments, two notable measures include efforts to weaken or undermine encryption and government hacking. This talk discusses the collateral risks these measures introduce for internet security and human rights, and reflects on the particularly acute implications for Australia as a country without a formal bill of rights.
Algorised justice, privacy and a panoptic future
The recent and rapid increase in technology and its societal application has created the need to carefully balance technology against fundamental human rights. The writer argues that technological development is inevitable and this inevitability bolsters the importance of informed discussion about its application and impact upon future generations. In this presentation, the ‘right to privacy’ is measured and assessed against the deployment of algorithmic solutions by the Courts and governments internationally.
Wyrd Networks in Digital Rights Activism
We need to talk about fake news
We all think that we are immune from fake news. Even Flat Earthers believe they are the most skeptical and best informed peeple in the chat room. But how good are we at really sorting the accurate from the misleading and downright fake when we peruse our social media feed? Let’s put ourselves to the test and discover how good our digital media literacy really is.
Rage against the Ghost in the Machine – this talk will kick off the hack on Friday evening
You may not worry about your data today, but what will happen to it when you decide to leave a service? What could (and should) happen to it after death: the ultimate log out? What does your online presence look like when you are no longer around to pull its strings?
Outside of ‘Black Mirror’ episodes and art installations, the question of personal data and digital legacies is rarely seriously considered, and it leads to uncomfortable gaffes as digital services grapple with what to do when users die. This talk is a space to take stock of how the software we write today could be used in fifty years, and what design decisions we should make to ensure we can respect the wishes of the dead - and to make informed choices far easier for the living.
Australian election integrity now
Australians tend to think of election-day disasters as things that happen in other countries, but actually Australian elections rely on a great deal of software that may not be any better than that in the US. Our traditions of open and transparent democratic processes haven’t entirely survived the transition - most of the software that counts your votes or receives them over the Internet is unavailable to meaningful public scrutiny. This leaves us with election results that aren’t supported by evidence that they’re the ones Australian voters chose.
In this talk I’ll survey some of our results demonstrating serious software bugs and security problems in Australian voting and vote-counting software. Then I’ll ask what we could do to take advantage of the benefits of computers while ensuring we get the right election outcome.