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Cascadia Cypherpunk Convergence - April 11th

A cypherpunk is someone who uses cryptography and similar methods to achieve societal and political change.
A cypherpunk is someone who uses cryptography and similar methods to achieve societal and political change.


Over the last two decades we have seen the Internet transformed from a tool of emancipation to the most insidious threat to human liberty the world has ever seen.
But amidst the seemingly intractable rise of a transnational surveillance society, there is a small spark of hope endowed on us through the power of mathematics.
It is possible to formulate a math problem (an algorithm) so difficult that even the mightiest superpower cannot decipher it. It is this fundamental property of our physical universe that provides some measure of hope in what otherwise seems to be very dark times.

Through this conference we hope to increase how networked our movement is and raise public awareness about issues of privacy, technology and social change in the digital age.


takes place on April 11th, 10am-7pm
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union


1) The State of NSA Surveillance Reform

A representative from the Electronic Frontier Foundation will legislative efforts focused on reforming the National Security Agency, surveillance law, and intelligence law, which includes updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act. Apart from his legislative efforts, one of his upcoming research projects focuses on the use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for computer network operations.

2) How to bulid a mesh-network.

This workshop will cover the importance and potential of mesh networking. A mesh network is a kind of computer network design that differs substantially from the traditional, centralized hub and spoke model. A meshnet is a distributed, resilient, self-healing form of
internet architecture. Unlike the centralized system you would get from your Internet Service Provider (ISP), such as Comcast or Century Link, a node in a meshnet connects to all other nodes within range. This allows for the network to be more resistant to disruption, be it from a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, or censorship from an
authoritarian body. Meshnets can also be design to be resistant to dragnet surveillance, such as is currently being practiced by the NSA, GCHQ, and other intelligence services. This workshop will also cover
the technical aspects of a meshnet, such as how they work, potential hurdles, and the basic concepts one needs to understand the technology.

3)Defense Distributed vs. United States

Our speaker will talk about Phil Zimmerman, the crypto-wars, and the constitutional challenge he has brought against the United States Government's prior-approval requirement on the open source publication
of privately generated technical data related to arms.

4) Electronic Civil Disobedienc

Jay Leiderman, known as 'the lawyer who represents Anonymous', will talk about an emerging realm of law and free speech. As technology has developed, law has not kept pace. A major result of this is that the
laws often appear as draconian or absurd to digital natives. As the gap between the Internet and real life increasingly narrows, it is important that people's rights in meatspace also be applied to the digital realm. Currently, many acts of online protest are considered felonious or
even 'terrorism' under the law. Many people believe that nonviolent online protest actions ought to be treated as civil disobedience rather than terrorism. Jay Leiderman will speak about the legal argument for
this position, and the progress it is making in the courts.

5) Redesigning Civilization: Permaculture's Vision for a Just and Sustainable World

It's no secret that our society has become unsustainable. Modern agriculture, industry and finance all extract more than they give back, and the Earth is starting to show the strain. How did we get in this mess\\\\\\\? And, more importantly, what can we do to help our culture get back on track\\\\\\\? The ecological design approach known as permaculture offers powerful tools for the design of regenerative,
fair ways to provide food, energy, livelihood, and other needs while letting humans share the planet with the rest of nature. This presentation will give you insight into why our culture has become fundamentally unsustainable, and offers ecologically based solutions
that can help create a just and sustainable society.

6) Feminist Hackerspaces

Hackerspaces, also known as makerspaces, they are community centers where people interested in computers, technology, and art can meet and collaborate on projects. While groups like Lizard Squad and Anonymous
grab headlines for their pranks and other sensational actions, hackerspaces are quietly building alternatives to the status quo. The Guardian newspaper has argued that hackerspaces are the digital equivalent to the coffee shops of enlightenment era England, which played an important role in the emergence of modern democracy.

7) The Social Significance of Dark Markets

One of the most interesting developments in the battle over privacy and anonymity on the Internet is the emergence of the Deep Web. The Deep Web (variously known as the Darknet) refers to both that part of the internet not indexed by search engines and also the subterranean
layers of the internet only accessible through anonymizing software such as Tor or I2P. The Deep Web is home to a good deal of black market activity, among the many things one can find are illegal drugs, firearms, and false identification. These Dark Markets have been
embraced as a tool of liberation from overreach from the State by libertarians, agorists, and left-market anarchists alike. This lecture will cover what the deep web is, how it works, and what impact it is having on our society. Other topics that will be covered include the distinction between markets and capitalism, and the extent to which
free markets are necessary for a free society.

8) Community Resilience and Technology

The Cascadia Resilience Network is engaged in a multi-pronged decentralist approach to dismantling the system that concentrates social, political, and economic power into the hands of a few. We see two sides to establishing grassroots community that will seriously challenge the state - community resistance and community resilience.

The Cascadia Resilience Network grew out of friends and associates who were involved in community resistance who recognized that we need to expand our resilience through establishing high speed internet utilities and cooperatives
and community-based meshnets, open source manufacturing cooperatives, tool lending libraries, seed banks, spore banks, community gardens,
and food cooperatives. Our organizing principle is federation of decentralized community groups based on neighborhoods, communities, and bioregions. Our goal is to create resilient communities that build abundance and sustainability throughout Cascadia. Decentralized
networks create platforms for distributive networks that rebuild the commons. We need open source resilience.

9) Drupal and Cascadia Fibersheds

This talk will be about the new code and payment models behind the barter-economy levels slated for use in the Cascadia Fibershed Marketplace. This is much more than just another generic session on Drupal for community building, this session will be about a specific
implementation of Drupal for emerging applications in the
inter-Cascadian network and economy.

Looks Awesome! 16.Mar.2015 19:05

anonymous or made up

The article mentions no price. So... is it free? Also, is there any link to more information regarding this convergence? For example, if I can't go for the entire day but would like to hit some of the workshops.
Thanks! Looking forward to it.

schedule 09.Apr.2015 09:23

found online

Schedule for c3:
10:00am-11:30am 1)Dark Markets

11:30am- 12:15pm LUNCH!!!

12:15pm-1:45 : 1) NSA Surveillance Reform 2) mesh-networking

1:45-2:15 set up

2:15-3:45 Defense Distributed

3:45- 4:15 set up

4:15-5:45 1) Permaculture 2) electronic civil disobedience

5:45-6:15 set up

6:15- 7:45 1) Technology and resilience 2) Feminist Hackerspaces