Go Hack Yourself!
Speaker(s): Michael Hernandez
Hacking of all kinds requires discipline and concentration. Over the past few years, Michael has been seriously practicing yoga and meditation and has found that it's been a great help in many areas of his life, including his work as a hacker and programmer. Eating healthy and exercising your mind and body sounds like a load of crap to a lot of hackers but the reality is that if you want to have a long sustained life that you can continue to use for hacking and exploration, you'll want to keep your mind and body healthy. Practicing concentration daily and learning to meditate can help you literally hack your mind, and help you make changes within yourself you might have thought impossible. Practicing discipline in these areas will also bring confidence and inner strength that will help you in whatever kind of hacking you're doing or planning to do.
Hackers Are Whistleblowers Too: Practical Solidarity with the Courage Foundation
Speaker(s): Nathan Fuller, Grace North, Naomi Colvin, Carey Shenkman, Lauri Love, Yan Zhu
In the two years since the Courage Foundation was launched, they have supported beneficiaries at every stage of the information exposure process: hacktivists, investigative journalists, and human rights defenders. Most recently, the Courage Foundation announced their campaign to raise European funds and awareness for Chelsea Manning. They believe the blurred line between activists and journalists needs to be embraced as a spectrum of solidarity; each of these actors needs the others to bring information to public attention, and so each deserve our support.
While whistleblowers like Edward Snowden enjoy international appreciation, hackers are often marginalized as outsiders who don't enact real change. But it's high time we recognized their value, understanding that - since the information war occurs largely online - digital activists are those that governments seek to make the biggest examples of.
In this session, the speakers will provide updates on their ongoing cases, including Barrett Brown's and Chelsea Manning's, discuss some of the systemic issues encountered along the way, and then solicit your input. This is a two-way conversation. The purpose is to bring the kind of support Edward Snowden gets to all beneficiaries - and your ideas of how to get there are welcomed at this panel discussion.
Naomi Colvin and Nathan Fuller from the Courage Foundation will recap what we've learned in the past two years and what they plan to do going forward. Grace North, prison-rights activist heading the Jeremy Hammond support network, who has also worked closely with Lauri Love on his case, will discuss the challenges Jeremy continues to face and what we need to do for Lauri to prevent him finding himself in the same situation. Lauri will be joining the discussion by video feed to talk about his ongoing battle against extradition to the United States. Yan Zhu, security software engineer and friend of Chelsea Manning, will talk about how we can help Chelsea from the outside. Carey Shenkman, First Amendment and human rights attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights representing journalists including Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, will explain the need for a public interest defense for journalistic sources.
The Next Billion Certificates: Let's Encrypt and Scaling the Web PKI
Speaker(s): Jacob Hoffman-Andrews
Let's Encrypt is a free and automated certificate authority to encrypt the web, launched in December 2015. Jacob will explain why HTTPS is important to Internet freedom and the role certificate authorities play. He'll give an introduction to the ACME protocol that Let's Encrypt uses to automate validation and issuance, discuss Let's Encrypt's progress by the numbers, and outline some of its future plans.