DIGITAL COLONIALISM: A GLOBAL OVERVIEW
Monday, May 2
14:45 to 15:45 | Stage 2
Renata Avila (Web We Want), Joana Varon (Coding Rights), Nanjira Sambuli (iHub) and Alan Mills (Guatemalan poet, writer and literary researcher)
Never before a small sector had so much power over the entire World, to monitor the present and predict not only future behaviours of individuals but entire populations. The problem is more alarming when we consider how the two sectors are merging in joint ventures, in a quest of global domination, penetrating every government, every citizen movement, mediating every act of any connected person’s life.
Beyond tensions of privacy and security, the alarming tension whose emergence we are witnessing is the one between control and freedom, not only of the individual, but of entire populations and regions. And this is indeed affected by regional and global politics. Some criticise it as a form of “digital colonialism” But very few countries, outside those who had to react in time to the threats out of necessity or lack of alternatives, seem aware about this new form of dominance, which is very seemless, without exercising any violence at all, but at a deep and exponential increase we never ever witness.
Our talk will adress such concerns and offer a path to develop national and local Digital Sovereignty strategies.
RECIPES FOR DIGITAL REVOLUTIONARIES: FLAVOURS FROM THE SOUTH
Monday, May 2
18:30 to 19:30 | Stage J
Jana All (Web Foundation), Natasha Felizi (Coding Rights), Solana Larsen (
Global Voices Online) and Renata Avila (Web We Want)
We’ve already seen people power win countless battles for free speech and digital rights. If we can get those victories to multiply across borders – and from one activist kitchen to another – we believe there’s reason to be optimistic. However, our activism diet is becoming monotonous. It is almost always a petition, a banner in front of parliament or a #predictable social media campaign. We need to get better at acting quickly, creatively and with the right allies. And we need to open our minds towards groundbreaking campaigns from countries we’re not familiar with.
This interactive session will showcase original recipes for effective Internet activism from Latin America and Africa. You’ll learn how snails have led to better access in Bolivia, and how to create a sensual internet security mousse, to give just two examples. Each participant will receive their own activism cookbook, which contains nine recipes you can try at home (perhaps with local ingredients?). And, if you’re inspired, we’ll invite you to become part of our kitchen collective, which is preparing two more cookbooks collaboratively for our web-loving friends around the world.
This session is organised by Web We Want, with participation of its members. Tastiness guaranteed.
SAFER NUDES AND DEEP NUDES
Tuesday, May 3
12:30 to 13:00 | Lightning Talks 2
Natasha Felizi (Coding Rights)
In this section, we will try to confront the moralistic narratives about sending nudes and introduce the “Send Nudes!” project, a guide to digital security for sharing intimate images that does not base itself on slutshaming, but on a pro-sex attitude.
This projected aimed to call the attention to how learning to send nudes through the internet in a safer way can be a practice of self-determination for us as sexual bodies and internet users.More than protection, we need to spread knowledge about daily practices and actions that can work towards shifting perspectives about gender roles and digital rights.
This guide uses a fun approach to spread the word about digital security practices. We aimed specially at groups that can be more easily targetedfor digital harassment due to gender and sexuality, but also at the general public who rely on digital media for their communication, but who would not necessarily be tuned ith the specifics of digital security debate.
We wanted to show how digital security can mean fun, liberarion and freedom, without ignoring that inequalities (gender, race, social position, income) are all reflected in the digital world and that realities change depending who you are, what’s your social position, your access to education etc. We want to bring together digital practices of autonomy and various aspects of the race and gender militancy, since a more autonomous digital life is a very important step to fighting inequalities, specially as our communications and militancies get more and more digital.
There will also be a ZINE FOLDING activity for those who appreaciate some manual work and an open conversation about DEEP NUDES, a follow up project that intends to further explores how we can benefit from privacy.
A DEEPER FRONTIER OF FREEDOM – THE STATE OF THE DEEPWEB
Thursday, May 7
15:00 to 16:00 | Stage 4
Joana Varon (Coding Rights), Heiko Rittelmeier (BDK, IT Forensic Scientist), Jacob Appelbaum (The Tor Project) and Max Hoppenstedt (Motherboard)
The Deep Web not only defies the common assumption that Google knows everything, but is also often considered „the last wild west of the internet.“
Despite law enforcement efforts like the Europol and FBI-led Operation Onymous, the Deep Web continues to be a place relatively untouchable for government agencies or state control. While Operation Onymous led to the shut-down of the infamous black market Silk Road, many Darknet marketplaces and Hidden Services dedicated to all kinds of illicit activities from weapons dealing to drug trade to child pornography remain online.
But the Deep Web surely isn’t all dark. While Darknet Websites tend to dominate headlines, technologies like the Tor Browser have also become an essential communication tool for dissidents and activists from Iran, to Turkey to Belarus. While the usage number of easy to use Deepweb Browsers like Tor continues to be on the global rise after the Snowden-Revelations, the crypto-wars around a legal regulation of digital privacy technologies regularly resurface with politicians calling for an access to private keys of users in a database.
Following a brief introduction on some of the very different facets of the Deep Web, this panel will discuss the state of a technology, that for the better and worst forms one of the new frontiers of digital freedom. How do privacy technologies, the Deep Web (and associated cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin) shift the ways crimes are committed? How do law enforcement agencies adapt? How should a society react to a more or less legal black hole like the Deep Web, that cannot be solved technologically? Could the Deep Web, on another note, even re-facilitate 1990s internet utopias of alternative social connectivity (before the commodification of digital communication)? Could the Deep Web even be a motor for a free internet? And does that have to come at the price of deeply irritating illicit activities?
While the pros and cons on the Deep Web seem to relentlessly oppose each other, the need for an informed and public debate about the state of the Deep Web seems more important than ever.