Who Are Hacktivists?

Technology is creating new issues and allowing new means of expression.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


July 11, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


$5 advance registration, free with student ID, $10 at the door

It’s been a year since Edward Snowden leaked classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents to The Guardian newspaper in the UK, revealing widespread surveillance.

Today, the discussions around mass surveillance, privacy, and data collection are ongoing and heated, and the reputation of so-called hacktivists (people using computers and networks as a means of protest or action) is evolving.

Who are today’s hacktivists, and what tools and means do they use to express themselves and their ideals? Join artists, activists, researchers, and a “cypherpunk” to discuss and debate these questions, and to examine how to harness the power and pitfalls of computer systems and new technologies.


6:30 pm   doors open
7:00 pm   presentations
8:00 pm   Q&A
8:30 pm   networking & drinks

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April Glaser

April Glaser is a staff activist at EFF, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she focuses on community outreach and blogs about a wide range of digital rights issues. She works directly with community organizations interested in promoting free speech, privacy, and innovation in digital spaces, and she lectures frequently on these topics for groups large and small. Glaser previously worked at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, where she designed tools for civic engagement in media policy and spent years on the front lines of media justice advocacy and research.


Andy Isaacson

Andy Isaacson is a software engineer and co-founder of the anarchistic and educational hackerspace Noisebridge in San Francisco. He runs the Noisebridge Tor exit node, a network that anonymizes internet users. He asks pointed questions about cryptography, security, and their intersection with society and ethics as @eqe on Twitter.


Thomas Maillart

Thomas Maillart is a Swiss National Science Foundation Fellow at the UC Berkeley School of Information. His research is focused on the complex social dynamics of peer-production, and on the mechanisms of cyber risks as an innovation process. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanims of Internet Evolution & Cyber Risk from ETH Zurich and graduated (M.S.) in Engineering from EPFL, also in Switzerland.


 !Mediengruppe Bitnik

!Mediengruppe Bitnik (read – the not Mediengruppe Bitnik) live and work in Zurich and London. Using hacking as an artistic strategy, their works re-contextualize the familiar to allow for new readings of established structures and mechanisms.
They have been known to intervene into London’s surveillance space by hijacking CCTV security cameras and replacing the video images with an invitation to play chess. In early 2013, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo, sent a parcel equipped with a camera to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Their works have been shown and awarded internationally with the Swiss Art Award, Migros New Media Jubilee Award, Honorary Mention Prix Ars Electronica.



Photo: Myleen Hollero

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