Keynote Speeches, Panel Discussions, City Surveillance Awareness Tours, Anti-surveillance Workshops, Films Wikitopia 2016

Wikitopia © Goethe-Institut Hongkong

Fri, 13.05.2016 -
Sun, 15.05.2016

Surveillance & Privacy in the Post-Snowden Era

A three-day mini-festival co-presented by Videotage and Goethe-Institut Hongkong on May 13 to 15, 2016, followed by ISEA 2016 (International Symposium on Electronic Arts), a world-renowned art and technology centred event on May 18 to 22. The main goal of WIKITOPIA 2016 is to increase the awareness of the general public on the existing surveillance schemes and privacy issues through a series of keynote speeches, panel discussions, city surveillance tours, workshops and films.

The Institut has invited Linus Neumann, a German hacker and one of the spokespersons of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) to be one of the keynote speakers on May 14 (Sat) at WIKITOPIA 2016. The Chaos Computer Club is Europe's largest association of hackers and for more than thirty years it has been providing information about technical and societal issues, such as surveillance, privacy, freedom of information, hacktivism, data security and many other interesting things around technology and hacking issues. Neumann is known for his many years of authorship to the digital investigative journalist outlet as well as the podcast Logbuch:Netzpolitik. As an expert in IT security, he has advised committees of the German Parliament as a representative of the CCC. His keynote topic is "Digital Self-defense, the Chaos Computer Club between Hacking, Activism and Courts".

Another German specialist that the Institut has invited to participate at WIKITOPIA 2016 is Lasse Scherffig, who will give a workshop titled "[Digitally] Invisible". Scherffig is an assistant professor of Art and Technology at San Francisco Art Institute. His work explores the relationship of humans, machines and society, technological infrastructures of communication and control, and the cultures of communication and control, and the cultures and aesthetics of computation and interaction. Based on his most recent technological endeavour to develop a tracking software for mobile devices, workshop participants will experience a hands-on demonstration of such software and its impact. To provide a 'counteract strategy', Scherffig will teach participants to craft smartphone pouches, which shield off external tracking attempts making devices appear invisible.

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Further to WIKITOPIA 2016, Goethe-Institut Hongkong is also supporting four artists in the ISEA 2016 main programme: Thomas Heidtmann, Marcel Schwittlick, Martin Reiche and Ulf Langheinrich.

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