Matehacking: Legalizing Autonomous Production and Permaculture - Establishing a Hack Farm
Speaker(s): Fabrício do Canto
This talk will focus on a proposal to create a "mate hacking farm." Technologization is running full power in the direction of monoculture and industrial mass scale drying of mate using eucalyptus burning as an energy source. This will bring dramatic ethnological and environmental impact to the South American Pampas.
Hackers can play an important role by developing easy to construct, recycled, upcycled, and DIY technology for the decentralized production of yerba mate in both traditional and new ways. This draws attention to the need for a solution for food sovereignty in the southern hemisphere.
The "mate hacking farm" would be a fantastic place to tunnel in, get wired, and push new technologies and open-source forest management solutions. Any activistic, fantastical, solidary and commerce-free ideas and concepts are welcome to be executed there and planned for now.
Privacy for the Other 99 Percent
Speaker(s): Deep Lab
Three members of Deep Lab (an all women researchers' collaborative founded by Addie Wagenknecht) will discuss and examine how privacy, security, surveillance, and large-scale data aggregation are problematized in culture. In this current climate of instability, we see the possibility for rupture (on both the left and the right), as seen with the #blacklivesmatter movement, Syria, Podemos, and Gezi Park. What do we want? Who is that "we?" Do we need a marginal adjustment to the status quo or something more extreme? Have we lost, as some have suggested? What do we do now?
This panel discussion will assess contemporary digital culture and the ways "the rest of us" can be proactive, protected, or (in)visible in ways that you don't have to be a computer or security expert to utilize, as well as discuss where we are and what happens next.
Who's Killing Crypto?
Speaker(s): Amie Stepanovich, Drew Mitnick
Governments have gotten really good at coming up with ways to undermine encryption. They can outright ban the use of certain types or strengths, place trade restrictions, mandate the insertion of backdoors or vulnerabilities, work with companies directly to undermine the encryption standards, arrest executives for failing to comply with orders, and seek assistance from courts through antiquated, off topic laws.
In this presentation, Amie and Drew will compare various approaches and provide the historical context that better illustrates how and why such restrictions are doomed to either fail or worsen the state of digital security. The session is planned to be part history lesson and part overview of the current state of encryption debates. The discussion will include where panelists think the law of encryption should and will go, and provide details on the campaigns that have been run at Access Now to promote the unrestricted use of encryption.