This is a follow-up to our last blog on who should come to Internet Freedom Hack: Defending Truth. This time we’re focusing on some ideas for projects we could do while we’re there. Here are some suggestions we’ve had from the organising team and from prospective attendees via the idea submission form on internetfreedomhack.org. These projects require varying levels of tech skill, and some require no tech skill at all.
- We’re looking forward to meeting people with a wide range of skills at Internet Freedom Hack: Defending Truth, April 20-21 (Melbourne) and April 20-22 (Brisbane). We wanted to let you know what we’re looking for, and who we want to attend. We want you if you have ever had ideas or thoughts about how to make the internet better, how to defend genuine journalism against the onslaught of fake news, or how to protect your personal truth from the grubby mitts of Big Tech.
- Internet Freedom Hack is a community event for technologists with a passion for digital rights. We’ll get together for a weekend to make things that advance the cause of internet freedom. We’re announcing the next Internet Freedom Hack in partnership with the Australian Privacy Foundation, Blueprint for Free Speech, CryptoParty Melbourne, Digital Rights Watch, and Electronic Frontiers Australia, supported by Buildkite and ThoughtWorks. It will run in Brisbane on 20th-22nd April 2018 and, for the first time, simultaneously in Melbourne on 20th-21st April 2018.
- This weekend, ThoughtWorks, HFP, and the Australian Privacy Foundation hosted the first ever Aaron Swartz Day Internet Freedom Hackathon at the ThoughtWorks Brisbane office. Despite coinciding with the Global StartUp Weekend, 16 attendants persevered and presented on Sunday. Eight project ideas were pitched on Friday night and by the end of the day, five projects soldiered on all the way to the end. Some ideas earned the “Epic Failure” award, as they ended up abandoning their idea and merged into other teams.
- Take on the role of an intelligence analyst, wade through the metadata, and track down the whistleblower! Have fun, and learn how dangerous metadata surveillance really is. Get your free ticket Join our game on Saturday 10th December 2016 (11:00) at the University of Melbourne. We’ve created an imaginary whistleblower who has leaked data to a fictional journalist. You will be working as a data intelligence analyst and your job will be to find them using techniques similar to those used by real-life intelligence analysts.