Invitation To Evening Event

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The Internet Archive is hosting the Sixth Annual Aaron Swartz Day International Hackathon and Evening Event:

Location: Internet Archive, 300 Funston Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118


Your ticket also gets you in to the Opening Night Party and the hackathon all weekend.

(From left to right) (Top Row) Aaron Swartz, Cindy Cohn, Brewster Kahle, (Bottom row) Barrett Brown, DJ Spooky

Ticket’s include:

1) Admission to both days of the Hackathon (Don’t panic. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. See the note at the bottom of this announcement :)

2) Admission to Opening night Party (Friday at the DNA Lounge)

3) 8pm – Evening Event – Special Guests Speaking or Performing (or both):


Special Guests:

A mixed-media presentation by DJ Spooky (Multimedia Artist, DJ/Musician, Author, Historian, Educator)

A Special Appearance by Chelsea Manning, giving her yearly “Statement for Aaron Swartz Day.”

A Conversation with Journalist Barrett Brown & Trevor Timm (Executive Director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation) (Barrett Brown won a National Magazine Award for his prison columns, & is the Author of the upcoming book: My Glorious Defeats: Hacktivist, Narcissist, Anonymous: A Memoir. He is the Co-founder of the Pursuance Project, a Journalist, and a Former Political Prisoner.)

Jen Helsby (Lead Developer, SecureDrop) (CTO and co-founder of Lucy Parsons Labs)

Cindy Cohn ( Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Brewster Kahle (Founder, Internet Archive)

Danny O’Brien (International Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation)

A conversation with Danielle Robinson (Dat Project, Code for Science & Society) and Karissa McElvy (Digital Democracy, Open Source Developer)

Steve Phillips (Privacy software developer; creator of CrypTag and Cypherpunks Write Code)

Note that there will be an after event gathering at The Emporium – 616 Divisadero St. To play games, drink and dance to DJs till 2am. (Sunday’s schedule doesn’t start till 11 am :)


Saturday & Sunday – Doors open at 11 am – Talks start at 11:30 – Lunch served all day :-)

New This Year: On site Virtual Reality and Brain Interface Demos, courtesy of the Noisebridge DreamTeam.


11:00 am -Doors Open – (Lunch served all day)

11:30 am –  Internet Archive Updates:
What’s New at the Internet ArchiveTracey Jaquith (TV/News Archive) & Brewster Kahle (Founder, Internet Archive) Audience Q & A. Internet Q & A.

12:00 pm – The Decentralized Web and the Dat Project  Danielle Robinson, PhD  (Co-Executive Director, Code for Science and Society) & Karissa McKelvey (Digital DemocracyOpen Source Developer) Danielle and Karissa will explain exactly what the “open source decentralized web” is and how it can be implemented in the real world. (Complete with use cases!) Also, why you need to know and understand what the decentralized web is, and why it’s important. Audience Q & A. Internet Q & A.

1:00 pm How to Make Law Enforcement Accountable by Implementing A Surveillance Policy Framework – Tracy Rosenberg (Oakland Privacy), Dave Maass (Senior Investigative Researcher, EFF), Lisa Rein (Co-founder, Aaron Swartz Day).  Audience Q & A. Internet Q & A

2:00 pm – Freddy Martinez (Director, Lucy Parsons Labs)

2:30 pm – Andy McWilliams How Technologists Can Fight Climate Change (Director,

3:10 pm – Break (20 Minutes)

3:30 pm – Danny O’Brien – Article 13, Article 11: The Copyfight Strikes Back (International Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation)

4:30-6:00 pm  A conversation with Barrett Brown about his new book (My Glorious Defeats: Hacktivist, Narcissist, Anonymous: A Memoir) & the Pursuance Project with Claire Peters (Director of Strategy, Pursuance Project). Hosted by Lisa Rein.  Audience Q & A. Internet Q & A. Including Questions all the way from ThoughtWorks’ Melbourne and Brisbane’s “Internet Freedom Hackathons”

6:00pm – 7:30pm – Hackathon Reception – More food and spirits!

7:30 pm – 8:00pm – Start migrating upstairs

8:00 pm SHARP! Evening event Begins (Upstairs in the Great Room)

Evening Event Speakers (8:00pm-9:30pm):

8pm – 9:30 pm Evening Event – Special Guests Speaking or Performing (or both)

Hosted by: Lisa Rein (Aaron Swartz Day, Creative Commons, The Swartz-Manning VR Destination, ASD Police Surveillance Project, ASD Solar Survival Project)

Sunday Schedule:

11:00 – Lunch- Hackathon Information and Sync up

Speakers in order with APPROXIMATE TIMES (Lengths of presentations will vary between 10-40 minutes – and all will have at least 5 minutes of Q & A . We will “go long” if we have to, to get questions in.)

11:30 – 12:10 pm – Keynote 1: Ashley Boyd Dumpster Fire or Opportunity? It’s Up to Us. (VP Advocacy, Mozilla Foundation) Ashley will be focusing on how we can take advantage of the increasing public awareness and concern about digital safety to mobilize users to demand ethical, safe online tools. She will discuss some of the Mozilla Foundations latest accomplishments in the corporate sector, including examples like getting the easy-to-hack, privacy violating children’s “Cloudpets” toys pulled from retailers’ shelves (including Amazon).

12:10-12:50 pm – Keynote 2: Erin Gallagher – Mapping Twitter Networks (How to Map Complex Social Networks to Create Useful Visualizations) – Erin Gallagher uses open source network visualization software to see the complex webs our communications weave on Twitter. She will share some of the work she’s done in the past 2 years analyzing hashtag networks.

12:50-1:15pm – Andy McWilliams – How Artists Are Reshaping Tech Research (Founder and Director of the ThoughtWorks Arts Residency program, the Art-A-Hack co-creation program, and the Hardware Hack Lab)

1:15 – 1:45 – Micah Blumberg – Brain Machine Interfaces 2018, 2019 & Beyond (Journalist, Researcher, Neurohacker, Founder Silicon Valley Global News)

1:45 pm-2:15 pm – Tatyana Griffin – Sound Design for VR: Best Practices & Practical Tips (w/ a Live QuickStart Demo!)

2:15 pm-2:45 pm – Tracey JaquithInternet Archive and AR, AR for Architecture (TV/News Archive at Internet Archive,  & Dev Team for the Swartz-Manning VR Destination)

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm – Ryan SternlichtThe Future of Immersion and the Creation of the Next Layer of Reality (Educator, Researcher, Advisor & Maker – Noisebridge) If you follow technology you have probably heard many things about AR, VR, MR and XR. Many have given their opinions on the technologies and systems in those sectors, but very few have given detailed information about the whole larger picture. Ryan will share his insight, along with information he has come across while researching these fields, to help us understand the space, and what it means for the world.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm – William Clark (Programmer, Year Up Participant) – New Options for Community-Based Education (That Is Also Good For Business)  – How the “year up” program represents a positive trend of community education, which gives free education and job placement to college age youth.

3:30 pm – 3:40 – Olu Aganju (Participant, Year Up)

3:40 pm-4 pm – Bernice Chua (Game and Algorithm Developer)   Intro to ROS (Robot Operating System)

4 pm – 4:20 pm Matteo Borri (Robots Everywhere, NASA Contractor) – Re: Matteo’s latest inventions and robots and lasers and NASA Mars Rover fun.

4:20 pm – 4:50 pm – Steve Phillips (Privacy software developer; creator of CrypTag and Cypherpunks Write Code)

Break 4:50 – 5:00 pm

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm+ Lightning Talks on Hackathon Projects



Above: Lisa Rein and Barrett Brown at San Francisco’s Noisebridge Hackerspace.

As always, please write if you need a free ticket. There are student discounts too, but you need to write us first to get the code.

About the Speakers:

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. His written work has been published by The Village Voice, The Source, and Artforum, among others, and he is the Editor of Origin Magazine. Miller’s work has appeared in the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture; the Ludwig Museum in Cologne; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Miami/Art Basel fair, and many other museums and galleries. Miller was the first Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he premiered his work “A Civil War Symphony” in 2013.  Miller has collaborated with a vast array of recording artists, ranging from Metallica to Chuck D; Steve Reich to Yoko Ono. Miller is the 2017-2018 recipient of the The Hewlett 50 Arts Commission Award which will support the creation of “Sonic Web,” a multimedia performance and an installation based on the history and evolution of the internet, which will premiere at San Francisco’s Internet Archive in January 2019.

Lisa Rein – Chelsea Manning’s Archivist, Dr. Timothy Leary’s Digital Librarian, Founder, Swartz-Manning VR Destination, Co-founder, Aaron Swartz  Day & Creative Commons

Lisa Rein is Chelsea Manning’s archivist, and ran her @xychelsea Twitter account from December 2015 – May 2017. She is a co-founder of Creative Commons, where she worked with Aaron Swartz on its technical specification, when he was only 15. She is a writer, musician, technology consultant and educator. Lisa is the Digital Librarian for the Dr. Timothy Leary Futique Trust.

Cindy Cohn – Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Cindy Cohn is the Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. From 2000-2015 she served as EFF’s Legal Director as well as its General Counsel.The National Law Journal named Ms. Cohn one of 100 most influential lawyers in America in 2013, noting: “[I]f Big Brother is watching, he better look out for Cindy Cohn.”

Barrett Brown – Journalist, Activist, and Founder of the Pursuance Project

Barrett Brown is a writer and anarchist activist. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, the Guardian, The Intercept, Huffington Post, New York Press, Skeptic, The Daily Beast, al-Jazeera, and dozens of other outlets. In 2009 he founded Project PM, a distributed think-tank, which was later re-purposed to oversee a crowd-sourced investigation into the private espionage industry and the intelligence community at large via e-mails stolen from federal contractors and other sources. In 2011 and 2012 he worked with Anonymous on campaigns involving the Tunisian revolution, government misconduct, and other issues. In mid-2012 he was arrested and later sentenced to four years in federal prison on charges stemming from his investigations and work with Anonymous. While imprisoned, he won the National Magazine Award for his column, The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Prison. Upon his release, in late 2016, he began work on the Pursuance System, a platform for mass civic engagement and coordinated opposition. His third book, a memoir/manifesto, will be released in 2018 by Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux.

Jennifer Helsby, Lead Developer, SecureDrop (Freedom of the Press Foundation), CTO, Lucy Parsons Labs

Jennifer is Lead Developer of SecureDrop. Prior to joining FPF, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Data Science and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she worked on applying machine learning methods to problems in public policy. Jennifer is also the CTO and co-founder of Lucy Parsons Labs, a non-profit that focuses on police accountability and surveillance oversight. In a former life, she studied the large scale structure of the universe, and received her Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Chicago in 2015.

Brewster Kahle, Founder & Digital Librarian, Internet Archive

Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, which now preserves 20 petabytes of data – the books, Web pages, music, television, and software of our cultural heritage, working with more than 400 library and university partners to create a digital library, accessible to all.

Steve Phillips (Privacy software developer; creator of CrypTag and Cypherpunks Write Code)

Steve Phillips is a programmer, philosopher, and cypherpunk. In 2010, after double-majoring in mathematics and philosophy at UC Santa Barbara, Steve co-founded Santa Barbara Hackerspace. In 2012, in response to his concerns over rumored mass surveillance, he created his first secure application, Cloakcast. And in 2015, he spoke at the DEF CON hacker conference, where he presented CrypTag. Steve has written over 1,000,000 words of philosophy culminating in a new philosophical methodology, Executable Philosophy.

For more information, contact:

Lisa Rein, Co-founder, Aaron Swartz Day or


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