ABOUT HCPP20 – DIGITAL TOTALITY – OCTOBER 2-4, 2020
The tension between the old and known, and the new and unknown increases.
The third revolution of production is unleashing its power into an unstable and unsettled world.
Metaphors, narratives, concepts, and explanations change – and fail to grasp what is ahead of us.
Information is power, and software – its embodiment – eats the world. While some cling to the ideas and ways of the overcome age, the new is still too fresh to fully embrace.
The old guard is building a prison of bits and bytes, drones, cameras, databases and hostile AI.
Their goal: To cement the old structures of power for eternity while the masses continue to blissfully consume their selves. That may not happen.
It is up to us to chart the new waters, draw the maps, tell the stories, and build the tools that will shape our future for lifetimes to come.
Our time is now. Ready or not, the digital totality is upon us.
DIGITAL TOTALITY IS UPON US.
ARM YOURSELF WITH KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL.
NEW WORKSHOP STAGE
Start your journey towards
more personal freedom, better privacy, and stronger security
of your data, communication and money.
From basics to advanced, each of these 15+ lectures and workshops
is designed to gradually add layers of defense
to your private and digital life.
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Confirmed speakers for HCPP20: Digital Totality.
RICCARDO SPAGNI (REMOTE TALK)
Co-founder at Tari Labs & maintainer at the Monero project
Cryptoanarchist and cypherpunk
Co-founder of Cryptohippie and author of the Freeman’s Perspective newsletter
Chad and Nadia
Chad and Nadia
The first seasteaders
David Friedman (Remote Talk)
David Friedman (Remote Talk)
Economist, Author and Legal Scholar
Author of The Little Bitcoin Book, Founder of Trezor
DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF (REMOTE TALK)
Media theorist, author
Cryptoanarchist and cypherpunk
Eric S. Raymond (Remote Talk)
Eric S. Raymond (Remote Talk)
Internet developer and writer
Co-Founder at Pandora Core and Co-creator of The FreeAI Manifesto.
David Brin (Remote talk)
Scientist, Futurist, Author
Swarm, Founder, Architect
CEO of Nym Technologies and anarchist
COO NYM Technologies SA
Archaeologist in AI
Founder of Bittopia University. Lover of privacy and decentralization.
JStark1809 (Remote talk)
DIY firearms designer, founder of Deterrence Dispensed and advocate of civilian ownership of firearms.
Julia Tourianski (Remote Talk)
Julia Tourianski (Remote Talk)
Cryptoanarchist, CEO of Nethemba and Certified IT Security Professional
Member of Bordel
Juraj Bednár (remote talk)
Hacker and entrepreneur
Hacker, entrepreneur, consultant and author
world builder, writer, psychologist
Paralelní Polis co-founder, InfoSec professional, and lawyer
Cypherpunk, CEO and founder of Advance Tech Media
Hacker and Cryptoanarchist
Open Source Entrepreneur
Researcher at Ethereum Foundation
Founder and Managing Partner of NÄGELE Attorneys at Law LLC
Cryptoanarchist & whatever
Training Engineer / Co-Chairperson Big-8 Management Board
Co founder blockchainhotel.de
Freedom and Open Source Advocate
Bitcoiner & Cypherpunk
Michael Schloh von Bennewitz
Michael Schloh von Bennewitz
Member of Bordel
Hacker, Co-Founder and Co-Creator of Bleskomat
Carlos García Ortiz
Carlos García Ortiz
Developer, Co-Founder and Co-Creator of Bleskomat
Programmer and electronics afficionado
Bitcoin advocate & Host UNCHAIN Convention
Chad and Nadia became the world’s first seasteaders when they began living in a floating home 13 nautical miles from the coast of Thailand in the open ocean. That is, until the Thai navy decided that their floating home was a threat to Thailand’s national sovereignty and threatened Chad and Nadia with a death sentence if caught.
After escaping Thailand and moving to Panama they are moving forward with plans to build floating homes off of the Caribbean coast of Panama, in a country that actually understands the economic benefits of having a completely new industry.
Cryptoanarchist for 20 years. Privacy extremist and crypto absolutist.
Founder of anarplex.net, co-founder of TAZ0 and co-host of Cypherpunk Bitstream Podcast.
Author: Second Realm – Book on Strategy, Dropgangs – future of darknet markets, Aristocracy of Action, The Treasure that is Privacy, The New Age of Intelligence.
Operator of anonymous remailers, darknet hangouts and the longest running darknet IRC.
Developer of privacy enhancing technologies.
Covert communications specialist, security consultant.
Paul Rosenberg is the author of the Free-Man’s Perspective newsletter and the co-founder of Cryptohippie. He is also the author of A Lodging of Wayfaring Men, Production Versus Plunder and The Breaking Dawn. He is a co-author of The New Age of Intelligence.
Cypherpunk, cryptoanarchist, co-host of Cypherpunk Bitstream, co-founder of TAZ 0 in Berlin. He is interested in technologies that can lead to more personal freedoms in our lifetimes.
Juraj Bednár is a co-founder of Paralelní Polis and Paralelná Polis Bratislava. He is interested in hacking everything. He founded several companies, mainly in IT security. He hacks his brain, biology and the world by creating parallel societies.
Frank Rieger, is an hacker, entrepreneur, consultant and author. Professionally he has co-founded successful startups in the fields of of mobile navigation, maps, information security and practical cryptography. He works as CTO of a leading supplier of encrypted communication devices and mobile network security systems. He serves as a spokesperson for the german Chaos Computer Club. His texts on the impact of technology on the society, digital freedom rights and privacy as well as the future of work and cyberwar are regularly published in german and international media. Together with Constanze Kurz he has published three german bestseller books on the future of privacy (“Die Datenfresser”, S. Fischer 2011), the future of work in a world of machines and artificial intelligence (“Arbeitsfrei”, Random House 2013) and “Cyberwar” (C. Bertelsmann, 2018). Together with Christiane Hütter he wrote the interactive Cypher-HopePunk polyplot novel Gefährliche Menschen (=Hazardous Humans).
Photo: ((Von Ot – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=78886970))
Christiane Hütter is a world builder. She explores, questions and (re)invents systems with the means of art, game design and storytelling. Her works cover a wide range of formats from hybrid and urban games, fictive organisations, revitalising festivals and playful settings for urban participation on all continents except Antarctica. She co-built the artist collective Invisible Playground and is the owner of the interactive literature platform polyplot. Together with Frank Rieger she wrote the interactive Cypher-HopePunk polyplot novel Gefährliche Menschen (=Hazardous Humans). Christiane regularly teaches at art universities and consults institutions concerning organisation, participation and playful speculation.
Named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT, Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. His twenty books include the just-published Team Human, based on his podcast, as well as the bestsellers Present Shock, Throwing Rocks and the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, Life Inc, and Media Virus. He also made the PBS Frontline documentaries Generation Like, The Persuaders, and Merchants of Cool. His book Coercion won the Marshall McLuhan Award, and the Media Ecology Association honored him with the first Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity.
Rushkoff’s work explores how different technological environments change our relationship to narrative, money, power, and one another. He coined such concepts as “viral media,” “screenagers,” and “social currency,” and has been a leading voice for applying digital media toward social and economic justice. He a research fellow of the Institute for the Future, and founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, where he is a Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics. He is a columnist for Medium, and his novels and comics, Ecstasy Club, A.D.D, and Aleister & Adolf, are all being developed for the screen.
HCPP co-organizer, Paralelni Polis core member, motorbike traveller, death metal singer, AC Sparta Prague Ultras member, hacker, Muay Thai serial beginner, author of digitalselfdefense.cz, host of cryptoanarchy talks Whispers and co-host of kofein.tech podcast.
Riccardo is a co-founder at Tari Labs, a major contributor to the Tari protocol, but is most well-known for being a member of Monero Core Team, the stewards of the Monero Project. With an academic background in informatics and logistics, Riccardo spent many years in software development, before starting a business in the import / export industry with his wife. Due to the success of that business, he had enough freedom to start tinkering with Bitcoin early in 2011. In 2012, he became involved in various cryptocurrency-related projects. In 2017 he launched GloBee, a successful multi-currency payment processor, and in 2018 began working on Tari, a decentralised assets protocol.
Riccardo and his wife live along the Garden Route on the coast of South Africa, where he spends weekends pack rafting, hanging out with their dogs, flying drones, and playing with LEGO.
Cryptoanarchist building Bitcoin weapons. With an understanding of the importance of sound monetary principles, he is contributing to several free open source tools to defend individual property rights. Researching and designing advanced privacy techniques and maintaining the documentation of Wasabi Wallet.
Paralelní Polis co-founder, InfoSec professional, lawyer, literature geek, and wild water lover
Netexplo UNESCO Grand Prix award winner, Amin Rafiee, a regular speaker at Bitcoin and decentralization conferences throughout Europe, including The UNESCO House in Paris, The European Commission in Brussels, The Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue, The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Paralelni Polis in Prague, as well as other locations throughout America and Australia.
Amin is currently building the world’s first Decentralized Autonomous University: Bittopia University. You can learn more about this project at: https://bittopia.org
Eric S. Raymond is an observer-participant anthropologist in the Internet hacker culture. His research has helped explain the decentralized open-source model of software development that has proven so effective in the evolution of the Internet. Mr. Raymond is also a science fiction fan, a musician, an activist for the First and Second Amendments, and a martial artist with a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Cypherpunk, CEO and founder of Advance Tech Media, Alexandra interviews founders, leaders and developers from around the globe on the Advance Tech Podcast. She has a solid understanding of emerging technologies including Bitcoin, synthetic intelligence/machine learning (AI) and has a background in analytics, business development and digital transformation. She believes in critical thinking and peacefully building the future one step at a time.
Silur started as a pentester and malware analyst. He got biased towards cryptography later and joined Ethereum Foundation as a researcher and developer (no longer a member). Since then he is contributing to various blockchain research labs (MRL, Casper labs, QAN research among others) where he implements PoCs of ideas they come up with.
Silur opened a consulting company where he advises many projects on blockchains and cryptography.
Later he joined the Wigner Research Center of Physics as a cryptographer.
David Friedman is an academic economist with a doctorate in physics recently retired from spending the past twenty-three years teaching in a law school. His first book, The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, was published in 1973 and includes a description of how a society with property rights and without government might function. There as elsewhere, he offers a consequentialist defense of libertarianism.
His most recent non-fiction book is Legal Systems Very Different from Ours, covering systems from Periclean Athens through modern Amish and Romany. He is also the author of three novels, one commercially published and two self-published, and, with his wife, a self-published medieval and renaissance cookbook and a larger self-published book related to their hobby of historical recreation.
Much of his published work, including journal articles, essays, drafts of forthcoming work and the full text of several books, can be read on his web page: www.daviddfriedman.com.
Olga Ukolova, MD, is a Co-Founder and COO at Pandora Core, the company building privacy-focused Layer 2 and 3 technologies on top of Bitcoin, and is one of the creators of the FreeAI Manifesto. Combining the development of censorship-resistant technologies (RGB, Prometheus) with biohacking and neuroscientific activities, Olga has spent last 8+ years working with academia, geeks, cypherpunks and developers in order to bring privacy, self-sovereignty and decentralisation to the highest priority of today and tomorrow.
Alexander Bard is a philosopher, futurologist, and political and spiritual activist, based in Stockholm, Sweden. He is the author of five books: “The Netocrats, “The Global Empire”, “The Body Machines”, “Syntheism – Creating God in The Internet Age” and “Digital Libido – Sex, Power and Violence in The Network Society” with his co-writer Jan Söderqvist. Bard is a radical process philosopher, merging Hegel and Nietzsche with Whitehead and Deleuze, using humanity as the constant and technology as the variable while working toward the deepest possible understanding of human history, contemporary society, and the intensely technology-driven future that humanity is facing. Bard has also enjoyed a highly successful 25-year-career as a producer and artist in the international music industry, followed by ten years as a tough love, reality-checking judge on TV shows “Swedish Idol” and “Sweden’s Got Talent”, and is an outspoken and provocative You Tube and Twitter celebrity.
Viktor Tron is team lead for the Swarm project and has worked for the Ethereum Foundation since the start. Currently he is president of the Swarm Association. Viktor is committed to the ideal of a free voluntary society, he has a keen interest in decentralisation, cryptography, networking, data structures and algorithms and believes in technology and innovation as the conduit for peaceful social change. As part of the grander vision he is currently working on Swarm, the storage and communication infrastructure for self sovereign digital society, i.e. on the backend of the decentralized web.
Dankrad Feist finished his PhD in Theoretical Physics in 2019. Since then, he has been working in the technology sector. He co-founded the startup Cara Care in 2016. Currently he is working as a Researcher for the Ethereum Foundation, focusing on Applied Cryptography.
Jason is a training engineer with SUSE Linux in Prague. He specializes in writing training materials for container-based applications including Docker, Kubernetes, and Cloud Foundry. He is also deeply interested in keeping speech free even in places where it is illegal and providing de-centralizing communications to those who are need it.
“Full stack” person (electronics to code to networks). Started by electronics and programming at age 7, moved to networking when Internet became mainstream. Built several hosting companies and now applying accumulated knowledge in the Bitcoin space after discovering myself being a crypto anarchist at HCPP17.
JStark1809 is the designer of the partially 3D-printed homemade firearm that he named FGC-9 (Fuck Gun Control 9mm) and is responsible for the formation of Deterrence Dispensed, a decentralized group of online DIY firearm designers inspired by Cody Wilsons Defense Distributed.
With the FGC-9 JStark unleashed a reliable partially 3D-printable semi-automatic 9x19mm gun design into the world, along with the documentation, to enable his fellow Europeans to build themselves a lethal firearm at home with affordable tools and no need of prior gunsmithing experience.
His associates and him are continuing to work towards the goal of enabling the average person to build their own firearms and make their own ammunition with affordable means regardless of gun control regulations.
In the spirit of the American revolution and of the opinion that the right to bear arms is a natural human right, JStark1809 lives by the motto: Live Free or Die
Pavla Holcová is award winning investigative reporter and the founder of investigace.cz. She has investigated cases concerning Serbian organized crime figures, Macedonian secret service investments in Prague, money laundering, links between Italian mafia and Slovak government or Panama Papers. She is regional editor of Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting project, covering Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Thomas Nägele founded NÄGELE Attorneys at Law in December 2015 as a IT law boutique with a strong focus on technology and finance law. He also serves as a founder and president of the Crypto Country Association, as well as a founding member of the thinkBLOCKtank in Luxembourg. Furthermore he was a member of the government workgroup of Liechtenstein drafting the Liechtenstein Blockchain Act. In addition, he regularly teaches at several Universities.
Julia was one of the first Bitcoin evangelists and is the author of “The Declaration of Bitcoin’s Independence.” She runs the YouTube channel Brave The World where she talks Guns, God, Government, and everything in-between.
Harry Halpin is the CEO of Nym Technologies, a start-up creating an incentived mix-net with anonymous authentication credentials. Previously, he led research projects against surveillance like at Inria like PANORAMIX and the W3C Web Cryptography standardization effort. He has also been the target of undercover cops across multiple countries, including the infamous Mark Kennedy.
Alexis is trained as a jurist on new technologies law. He was president of the Pirate Party of Switzerland. He is the co-founder of the cryptocurrency broker Bity.com. He is currently the COO of NYM an anonymization mixnet project.
Currently a PhD student at the Cybernetics department at the Czech Technical University where he deals with industrial robotics safety and human-robot collaboration.
David Brin is a scientist, tech speaker/consultant, and author. His most recent novel, Existence, ponders our survival in the near future. A film by Kevin Costner was based on The Postman. His novels, including NY Times Bestsellers and Hugo Award winners, have been translated into more than twenty languages. Earth foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and the world wide web. David appears frequently on shows such as Nova and The Universe and Life After People, speaking about science and future trends. His non-fiction book — The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? — won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association.
Travin Keith is a former digital nomad who has lived in 8 countries across 4 continents, often with many troubles dealing with immigration issues and other areas of undue control set by governments around the world. Since shifting from a primarily digital marketing background in 2016, he has worked in the cryptocurrency space in a wide range of roles and is still today an advisor and consultant for a wide range of projects, as well as an entrepreneur with his ventures BitStory, a design agency, Consortio Group, a consulting company, Altrean, a now-defunct wallet focused on user freedom, and STOKR, an STO platform of which he is a current Advising Co-Founder, to name just a few. He has also been involved in the Open Source Software space as an Advocate Circle member of the Open Source Initiative, and many other open source projects. In addition to these, he has spoken widely around topics involving individual liberties and freedom, including at HCPP19.
Moritz is passionate about how technology, languages and monetary systems shaped our societies, economies and politics.
He is building Bitcoin solutions for hodlers, developers and enterprises.
Moritz is convinced that Bitcoin will become the core payment and settlement infrastructure for the internet and that it will provide the incentives to rebuild the internet trust layer with cryptography and digital identities.
Michael Schloh von Bennewitz is a computer scientist and cryptohacker specializing in embedded systems and network engineering. He actively contributes to the Opensource development community and teaches security analysis workshops. Speaking at technical events every year, Michael has presented for HCPP, Black Hat, CCC, ARIN, Nokia, Ubuntu, Droidcon, AstriCon, the Mobile World Congress, and Dockercon. He currently develops and produces hardware with Monero Devices.
Mario Havel studies computer science on CTU in Prague with focus on privacy and security, works on different problematics including privacy research for Ethereum Foundation, contributes to FOSS Bitcoin projects and is a core member of nonprofit Paralelni Polis.
Alena Vránová – NA bio
Charles Hill (aka., “chill”) is a programmer, researcher, and hacker. He is a long-time open-source contributor and for the past few years he has been working full-time developing projects in the Bitcoin community.
Carlos García Ortiz (@karliatto) is a software developer passionate about learning, sharing and building new projects in the Bitcoin space.
Tomáš Starý is a mathematician, programmer and electronics aficionado. He is currently focusing on privacy enhancing technologies and layer-two solutions in the cryptocurrency space.
“Pavol Luptak is a cryptoanarchist and voluntaryist focused on technology and society hacking. He started his career as a computer hacker with many prestigious IT security certifications. In 2007 he founded IT security company Nethemba focused on penetration tests & ethical hacking, few years after, he co-founded a bug bounty company Hacktrophy. He is responsible for many public security projects (e.g. cracking of the most used Mifare Classic cards, hacking of public SMS transport/parking tickets, hack of e-Kasa).
As a hacker enthusiast, he co-founded Progressbar hackerspace in Bratislava and Parallel Polis in Prague and Bratislava (hackerspaces in Prague where he is responsible for organizing the international cryptoanarchist conference focused on liberation technologies.
He has started the initiative ‘We do not work for the government’ (https://nepracujemeprestat.sk, https://nepracujemeprostat.cz) grouping of all companies in Slovakia and Czech Republic that have decided not to work for the government and state institutions because of ethical or economic reasons.
In addition to technologies, Pavol loves contemporary art as well. He became a member of the famous Czech contemporary art group Ztohoven which is responsible for many hacktivist contemporary ‘media sculpture’ projects and started with his friend the digital art company Satori.
With the development of Parallel Polis, Pavol decided to achieve his vision – completely opt-out of the system. Thanks to globality and flexibility he decided to give up his permanent residency, switched from bank accounts to crypto-currencies, started to use global health care and mobile phone companies, becoming a global citizen.”
Josef’s life can be best described by a single word: ‘failure’. His parents abandoned him when he was just 6 year old, as shortly after he was enrolled in elementary school it became dead obvious that his mere presence is an unbearable burden for the entire family, neither he isn’t not going to make them rich unless he accidentally gets involved in a class action lawsuit against an unnamed microwave manufacturer. As a genuine wonder-child he followed the path of many successful entrepreneurs and decided to drop from the University of Life about 6 months before his graduation to pursue his true passion, internet memes. In his mid 20’s he attempted several times to get himself posted on 9gag, which finally materialized in 2018. Josef has been struggling to become viral ever since. Despite his numerous attempts, in early 2020 he finally succeeded in achieving the named goal, although literally, by becoming a covid-19 patient zero in a local nursing home.
Sara is an Oxford-educated archaeologist and evolutionary anthropologist, who has spent the last 7 years working in technology startups in London, USA, and New Zealand. After almost a decade in the UK she returned back to her home country to work in the local startup, innovation, and artificial intelligence scene and strives to make Czech Republic into a global AI and innovation superhub. She is an Aspen Young Leader as well as a Bakala Scholar, and works on several projects the main being prg.ai, Startup Disrupt, and Czech.global, as well as numerous pro bono initiatives such as science popularisation programmes (Science To Go) and various hackathons as they happen throughout the year. Her dream is to popularise and digest big, heavy tech topics for the general public and through this achieve the bridging of the huge gap between ethereal cutting-edge technologies and the average person in the street to achieve effective adoption of innovations in society.
Oskar is a Germany-based entrepreneur who has managed in the past three years to organize UNCHAIN Convention, one of Central Europe’s leading Bitcoin events – “an intersection of art, blockchain, music and freedom loving people. The most thoughtful brains, the most powerful parties and the most euphoric energy combined together in a chemical reaction with unknown but amazing results.“ (quote from Theo Godmann) The latest convention just took place in August 2020 in Frankfurt, the very heart of European banksters, in conference-partnership with HCPP20.
Co founder blockchainhotel.de
Co founder bitcoin-treff.de
1st bitcoin/shitcoin 2 way ATM in Germany 2014
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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
Call for participation is closed. Thank you for your submissions.
We received an incredible amount of interesting proposals which are in the process of evaluation.
If you proposed a talk, we will be in touch with you soon. If you haven’t submitted a talk, try next year! We are interesting in knowing what’s on your mind or who may be a good suggestion for the speakers lineup.
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Paralelní Polis is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization that brings together art, social sciences, and modern technologies. The ideas of liberty, independence, and innovative thinking and development of society are the main underlying foundations the whole project is built upon.
The project intends to remain state free as it operates entirely without support from the government, and most of the funds come from voluntary contributions of our donors and partly from commercial activities such as running a unique coworking space and the world’s first bitcoin-only cafe.
It was founded by members of a contemporary-art group Ztohoven, and Slovak and Czech hackerspaces. Its main goal is to promote economic, social and digital freedom. We try to be a vocal voice of freedom in order to shape the public discourse, and ultimately work towards a freer future.
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