San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Enjoy a fun day of hacking and delicious food to benefit Internet freedom!
Join us on Jan. 11 and help improve Open Source privacy and anonymity tools used by communities throughout the world which face online censorship or surveillance.
The hackathon will have a special focus on improving the user interface of these tools, which must be localized for different languages and cultures, and thus present unique design challenges. A bad interface can put end-users living under oppressive regimes at risk. UX designers and regional experts are highly encouraged to attend, in addition to developers, activists, and other interested folks.
Come prepared to work on code, to develop workflows, and help developers understand the challenges users face. Please remember to bring your laptop and a notebook.
Your hackathon facilitator is Willow Brugh, director of Geeks Without Bounds, affiliate at Center for Civic Media and the Berkman Center, and drawer of stick figures. Event hosts are OpenITP and CommunityRED, descriptions below
Projects to be Hacked:
Commotion is an open-source communication toolkit that uses mobile phones, computers, and other wireless devices such as routers to make it possible for communities to set up decentralized mesh networks and share local services. Deployed already in a handful of U.S. cities and internationally, it is a key tool for internet freedom, providing alternatives where surveillance and censorship compromise traditional infrastructure.
Cupcake is a set of extensions and plugins designed to make it easy to become a bridge for censored users to access the Tor network. These projects act as a front end for Tor’s Flashproxy pluggable transport. Right now, it’s available for Chrome, Firefox, WordPress, Drupal, and Tumblr. There are also frameworks and helper files for ruby (Sinatra), python (Django), and making your own flashproxy-enabled game.
Byzantium is a live distribution of Linux used to easily and rapidly set up wireless mesh networks to provide communication and collaboration services where the telecommunications grid is either offline or compromised.
Cryptocat is free software that aims to provide an open, accessible Instant Messaging environment that encrypts your conversations and works right in your browser. One of Cryptocat's main goals is to make encrypted communications more accessible to average users. Friends use Cryptocat to talk without revealing messages to a third party. People use Cryptocat as an alternative to Facebook Chat or Skype to help guarantee their right to privacy. Cryptocat is made for everyone.
Have an Idea for a project? Email the organizer from this page!
CommunityRED delivers secure technology solutions to citizen reporters surviving the drug war in Mexico, behind the Great Digital Wall of China, and struggling for democracy in the Middle East.
OpenITP improves and increases the distribution of open source anti-surveillance and anti-censorship tools by providing the communities behind these tools with many kinds of support.
Note for Technical Folk:
We are all used to going to events designed for us as activists, as hackers, as designers. We get great things done when we're around people we share a language with, and who "get it." But we also need to talk to users who come from different backgrounds. It is important to spend time with people who are unlike you, to be sure the futures we build are more accessible. We all need specific things our usual crowd can't provide - and similarly, you provide skills others don't have at their disposal.
09:00 Doors, and breakfast is served!
09:30 Introductions and quick overview of all projects
10:30 Project Overviews and Spec'ing out the day
12:30 Lunch is Served
13:30 Hacking begins!
19:00 Present an update, drinks are served
When & Where
OpenITP supports the software creators and communities behind open source anti-surveillance and anti-censorship tools that enable citizens to communicate directly and freely with each other, on their own terms. Our goal is to identify opportunities that will improve and increase the distribution of these circumvention tools.