The Black Holes in Our Surveillance Map

1600, Lamarr
Speaker(s): Marcy Wheeler
While Edward Snowden has revealed a lot about the NSA's surveillance, our federal and local governments conduct a great deal of surveillance we still don't know about. We can begin to identify what that surveillance is by identifying the empty spaces - in criminal cases, in legislation, or timelines - where such surveillance must be. This talk will attempt to point to some of the black holes in our surveillance map, both ones we know exist and the places where one must exist. That's the first step in working collaboratively to expose that surveillance. More importantly, this talk will focus on how to see these black holes, and how people around the country can work together to make them visible again.


Come into My (Biohacking) Lab and See What's on the Slab

1600, Noether
Speaker(s): Tom Keenan
It's 1979 and bright young hackers are torturing their Commodore PETs and Apple IIs to make all the pagers beep on a university campus, or take control of a dam in Alberta. (Both are true stories - Tom was there.)
Fast forward to 2019 and their children (or grandchildren) are doing the same thing - driven by our universal desire to make technology "do things it's not supposed to be able to do." Except now, the role of personal computers is being played by CRISPR Cas9 gene editing gear that they bought for a few dollars on eBay. What can they do with it? Make animals glow in the dark? Destroy all life on this planet? Hold us hostage with bio-ransomware?
This talk will examine the fast moving science behind biohacking and how it will change our lives. It will also apply the "technocreep framework" to predict which aspects of biohacking will be considered cool and which will seem creepy, even to the freethinking folks who attend HOPE. As a bonus, you'll learn what happens when you put sponges and electrodes on your head and run direct current through your brain.


Democratizing Wireless Networks with LimeSDR: Open Source, Field-Programmable RF Technology

1600, Friedman
Speaker(s): Ebrahim Bushehri
This talk presents new, low-cost, open-source, field programmable RF technology, where flexibility is extended from the digital to the RF domain. See demonstrations from the open-source community using the LimeSDR platform, which incorporates two transmitters and two receivers covering 100kHz to 3.8GHz which can emulate GSM, LTE, UMTS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, RFID, HDTV, radio astronomy, passive RADAR, 2G/3G/4G cellsites, IoT gateway, amateur radio, wireless keyboard/mouse transmission/detection, aviation transponders, utility meters, satellite reception, remote tire pressure monitoring, drone command and control, RF test and measurement, and more.