Sydney (information) (tickets)

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Where friendly nerds help you secure your stuff
Thursday 7 November 6-8pm

We have an exciting line-up of speakers (see below). We’ll kick off the evening with drinks and pizza, followed by short talks from the speakers, then a relaxed hour in which attendees can move between “bars”. At each bar, attendees can get information or advice from friendly nerds on a topic related to keeping their stuff secure and private – VPN’s, strong passwords and password managers, the Tor browser, encrypted messaging (Signal/Wire), or online tracking and social media privacy.

Aaron Swartz used technology, in brilliant, courageous ways, to empower people by giving them access to information, vehicles for expression, and tools for organising movements. We join in annual events around the world honouring his short life around his birthday.


Scott Ludlam <> – Throughout his term as Senator representing the state of Western Australia between 2007 and 2017 with Australian Greens, Scott worked for internet privacy and against draconian mass surveillance legislation and continues to need friendly geeks to help him secure his shit.

Suelette Dreyfus <> – Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne, and Executive Director of Blueprint for Free Speech, and amongst her many achievements is authoring the cult classic Underground: Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier<>.

Marcus Strom <> – President of MEAA Media, Australia’s journalist union; Science Media Adviser at the University of Sydney; and Walkley Foundation Director. Marcus has been a journalist for more than two decades in both Australia and Britain. He was a Walkley finalist in 2015 and a finalist for the Eureka Prize for science journalism in 2017.

Felicity Ruby <> – Research and Policy Adviser in the Office of the CTO at ThoughtWorks and PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, Felicity previously headed the UN Office for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and was an adviser at the UN Development Fund for Women, Greenpeace International, and to Scott Ludlam.

Dylan Welch <> – ABC Investigations journalist. A former Afghanistan correspondent for Reuters and a national security and crime reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age, he’s spent 15 years working in the intersection between Government power and the public’s right to know.



November 12-13 2022 at the Internet Archive