San Francisco


The Internet Archive is hosting a two-day hackathon, on Saturday, November 4th (10am-6pm) and Sunday, November 5th (11am-6pm).

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

Food and refreshments will be provided, so you don’t have to leave the building from 10 am until 9:30pm, if you are so inclined. (Yes there are vegetarian and vegan options :-)

As always, this is a great opportunity to hack on SecureDrop, the whistleblower submission system originally created by Aaron and Kevin Poulsen, that is now managed by the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Jen Helsby, SecureDrop’s Lead Developer and Connor Schaefer, SecureDrop’s Senior DevOps Engineer, will be on hand to answer questions.

In addition, there are several other hackathon “tracks” that we will be fleshing out over in the weeks leading up to the event. (This is just a starting list):

  1. Ethical Algorithms
  2. Usable Crypto
  3. Post-Quantum Crypto
  4. FOIA

Here is a tentative schedule:


9:30-11:00 amBreakfast and SecureDrop Hackathon Begins

11 am – 12 pm – Super Simple Secure Messaging Bootcamp w/ Lisa Rein & Friends

  • Signal, OnionShare, Tor Browser Basics
  • Using these tools together to get a file to someone securely in real time

Noon – Lunch & Signal Safety Number Verification Party

1pm – 1:45 pm – Hacker Culture Panel – w/audience Q and A and questions from internet. Panel: Gabriella Coleman and others.

2:00 – 2:45 pm – Ethical Algorithms Panel – w/Q and A. Kristian Lum (Human Rights Data Analysis Group – HRDAG) and Caroline Sinders (Wikimedia Foundation)

3pm -4:30 pm Barrett Brown and Steve Phillips – Building a Better Opposition: Process Democracy and the Second Wave of Online Resistance w/ Q and A (First live demo of the Pursuance Project!)

5pm – 6:00 pm – Jason Leopold’s FOIA Wisdom w/ Q and A

6:00-7:00 pm Hackathon Reception – Join us in celebrating many incredible things that we’ve accomplished by this year!

We will toast to the launch of the Pursuance Project (an open source, end-to-end encrypted Project Management suite, envisioned by Barrett Brown and brought to life by Steve Phillips).

7:00-7:30 – Reception finishes up 7:10pm and guests will make will make their way upstairs

Speakers 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Sunday – Tentatively

10:00 am – 11 am – Breakfast – and SECUREDROP hackathon continues :-)

10:30 – Breakfast

11 am – noon (or till 1pm if needed) Lightning talks


1 – 2 pm EFF/Let’s Encrypt Lead Developer Jacob Hoffman-Andrews w audience Q and A

2 – 3 pm Pursuance Advanced Tech (w Q and A) – Steve Phillips and Barrett Brown

3 – 4 pm Post Quantum Crypto with Isis Lovecruft and Henry de Valence

4-6 pm More intense technical/lightning talks

For more information about anything, please contact:

Lisa Rein, Co-founder, Aaron Swartz Day



November 4-5, 2017