What are the limits to inclusion? A Socratic Conversation

Socrates (CC image by Eric Gaba)

Before the start of OHM there has been a lot of debate in mailing lists, on public blogs and on IRC about the presence of the police and companies that support the police at the festival. This discussion goes deep as it touches on the open, inclusive and tolerant nature of the hacker communities. At OHM this has already led to many heated discussion and even a few incidents.

CryptoParty like a rockstar

In a small yet busy setting, Ancilla Tilia and Arjen Kamphuis gave a workshop on organising cryptoparties.  Through a small poll at the beginning, it was immediately clear that the crowd was diverse. From verteran cryptoparty organisers to laymen (to which I adhere).  In the unstructured setting, a lively discussion flourished on the essentials of cryptoparties. Although the opinions … [Read more…]

Envisioning our Future – Bits of Freedom

Bits of Freedom

Dutch Digital Rights organization Bits of Freedom presented four different scenarios for the future. In their day to day operations they sometimes feel like their work is mostly being shaped by current affairs. They wanted to take some time at Noisy Square to show three different ways that an event like OHM could be organized … [Read more…]

Tactical tech


Anne Roth took the Noisy Square stage to talk about the work of Tactical Tech. TT has been around for ten years and helps journalists, activists and communities at risk to improve their online security. The NGO started out as an open source promoting agency but over time it became clear that online safety was … [Read more…]

Drumkits made of water

Noisy Drums

At ten o’clock this morning the first kids showed up at the Noisy Square Village to join the Fabschool Kids. Ready to be inventive en do some serious programming. Scratch and MaKey MaKey were waiting for them. Along with some cucumbers, apples and bananas. In no time the Curious Seven had invented a working banana … [Read more…]

Assange on Intellectual and Moral Integrity

Julian Assange

Julian Assange, in his political-attack-surface-minimizing outfit, was pretty straight about it at OHM on Wednesday night: technologists who are involved in the exploit market or academics renting out their allegiance to the transnational surveillance state should not get any intellectual or moral respect. Smart people have many opportunities in life and moral people don’t whore … [Read more…]

Associated Whistleblowing Press: Whistleblowing nowadays


The Associated Whistleblowing Press is a decentralized leaker platform. AWP is designed to prevent any kind of centralization including some head person becoming the iconic representative of the project. Pedro Noel, a philosopher, Internet media activist and co-founder of the AWP, discussed the changing characteristics of whistleblowing in our time on Noisy Square. “Society is … [Read more…]

Can We Save Our Online Freedom?

Jaap-Henk Hoepman

  Jaap-Henk Hoepman started his talk with a few short definitions of privacy. It is seen as the right to be let alone, the right to informational self-determination, as freedom of unreasonable constraints of one’s identity and as contextual integrity. He then showed us that there are three types of data/information: volunteered, observed and (more … [Read more…]