Marko Peljhan, Simona Levi and Evan Roth

 >> Independent militias in and out of surveilled networks

WED, 9 March 2016
Center for Urban Culture Kino Šiška, Ljubljana

What WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden and several other initiatives around the world brought about was essentially twofold: on the one hand, the awareness of governments’ secret management of massive loads of public or classified information; on the other hand, the existence of effective counter-power methods, together with huge personal threats to anyone trying to expose the opaque practice of intercepting data from the public sphere. Among other things, a clandestine surveillance program called PRISM was revealed, under which the United States National Security Agency (NSA) collects internet communications from the major US internet companies. The awareness of the range, depth, and pervasiveness of information control over private citizens and companies, besides foreign governments, was appalling, questioning the very nature of the modern state.
But the ideas of society and the public sphere are at stake too. The practice of whistleblowing came into the spotlight, as well as other forms of people’s agency on the whole spectrum of networked infrastructure, including the use of cryptography, the exploration of the darknet, and new and more sophisticated forms of reverse engineering and tactical media. Non-standard communications protocols and unconventional use of existing channels became a viable, though sometimes dystopian, alternative to the open (and surveilled) internet.

Introduction by Bani Brusadin

Presentation by Simona Levi

Presentation by Marko Peljhan

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  • Crypto Design

    From 6 to 7 March 2018

    Workshop and series of lectures
    Curated by the Institute of Network Cultures (NL)


    TUE, 6 March 2018, Room 118

    10:00–10:15 - Introduction
    10:15–11:00 - Patricia de Vries: Masks and Camouflage as Artistic Cryptographic Strategies, lecture
    11:00–12:00 - Anthony van der Meer: A Guided Tour Through the Clear, Deep and Dark Web, interactive talk
    12:00–12:30 - Tim Brouwer: Cryptographic Collectibles: the Materiality of Cryptography, presentation
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