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WIKITOPIA2016: SURVEILLANCE AND PRIVACY IN THE POST-SNOWDEN ERA

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13 - 15 may, 2016


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Keynote Speakers:
Malavika Jayaram: Executive Director of Digital Asia Hub
Linus Neumann: Spokesperson of Chaos Computer Club


WIKITOPIA 2016: Surveillance & Privacy in the Post-Snowden Era will be a three-day mini-festival hosted by Videotage and co-presented by Goethe-Institut Hongkong on 13-15 May 2016, followed by ISEA2016 (International Symposium on Electronic Arts), a world-renowned art and technology centred event on 18 – 22 May, 2016.
WIKITOPIA 2016 is comprised of several activities, including keynote speeches, panel discussions and hands-on workshops, all of which are open to the public for free.
The main goal and direction for organising such a festival is to increase the awareness of the general public who might have no knowledge or awareness of the existing surveillance schemes or privacy issues prior to participating WIKITOPIA 2016. By inviting artists, ICT (information and communications technology)/media activists, thinkers, curators, technologists, etc. from Hong Kong, Germany, the USA and other regions of the world, we encourage an all-around and in-depth discussion with the local audience, as well as the attendants of ISEA2016 from other countries, on the topic of surveillance and privacy, from the artistic, ethnic, social, political, technical, cultural perspectives, etc. 

Curatorial Statement

A Whistleblower, A Dissident, A Patriot, A Traitor
A week from now will be exactly three years since Edward Snowden’s first entrance in Hong Kong after he left his job as a contractor at an National Security Agency (NSA) facility in Hawaii. He then met up with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill in his hotel room at The Mira Hong Kong on 118 Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui and revealed thousands of classified NSA documents to them who then disclosed the stories on The Guardian, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, The New York Times and many more. Since then, the massive surveillance schemes by NSA became known to the world, e.g. PRISM which collects stored internet communications based on demands made to internet companies such as Google Inc. under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 to turn over any data that match court-approved search terms. Citizenfour — Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning documentary of that eight paranoid days at The Mira gives the public a chance to become part of this history-making moment. Yes, it’s not only Edward Snowden who single-handedly changed the course of history, but all the people who care about the affair and reflect upon the meaning of it. That’s why we give the event a title as such: Surveillance and Privacy in the Post-Snowden Era. What has happened in the city after Hong Kong sheltered Snowden for a short period of time? How has our city been doing about the aforementioned issues? Do the public still care? What can everyone do in everyday life to ensure that their private communications are secured? It’s high time to re-examine the situation of surveillance and privacy in this metropolitan where seven million people call home. Text: TSAO Yidi

告密者、異見人士、愛國者、叛徒
一個星期後的今日是五月二十日,三天前的那天,恰是斯諾登離開他在美國國家安全局的外判技術員的工作,進入香港的第一天。他隨後與三位記者Glenn Greenwald、Laura Poitras和Ewen MacAskill在位於尖沙嘴彌敦道118號的香港美麗華酒店房間內會面並交出上千份來自美國國家安全局的機密文件,隨後記者們將這些文件分批於《衛報》和《華盛頓郵報》上披露,引發全球關注。 正是於此,世界獲知了美國國家安全局的大型全民監察系統,譬如稜鏡計劃,正是通過向Google一樣的網絡服務公司索取私人通訊資料。曾獲最佳紀錄片獎的《第四公民》即是由Laura Poitras拍攝製作,令公眾有機會一窺這個歷史性的一刻。是的,改變歷史軌跡的並非斯諾登一人,而是所有關心這件事並有所反思的公眾。這也就是我們為本次活動起了「後斯諾登時代的監察與隱私」這個名字的原因。香港在短暫的收留了斯諾登之後發生了什麼?我們的城市如何處理前述問題?公眾仍在關心嗎?怎樣做才能保證我們每日的私人通訊的安全?我想,現在是時候來重新審視這座生活著七百萬人口的大都市中的監察和隱私狀況了。撰文/曹一迪

Programme Schedule:

13 May Friday

7pm | Opening

7.30pm | Keynote by Malavika Jayaram: The Privacy Paradox and Other Post-Snowden Games: A Tale of Control, Agency and Informational Self-Determination

14 May Saturday

10am | Keynote by Linus Neumann: Digital self-defense: The Chaos Computer Club between Hacking, Activism and Courts.

12 - 1pm | Panel Discussion #1: Surveillance from the State: Let’s talk about Freedom of speech and self-censorship
Moderator: Di To
Panelists: Lokman Tsui, Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication of CUHK
Masashi Crete-Nishihata, Research Manager of Citizen Lab, Toronto

2.30 - 3.30pm | City Surveillance Camera Awareness Tour

4 - 6 pm | Workshop: (Digitally) Invisible by Lasse Scherffig

7 - 9 pm | Screening: The Lives of Others

14 May Saturday

12 - 1pm | Panel Discussion #2: Tactics for counter-surveillance: Privacy and Technology
Moderator: Steve Fore, Professor at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
Panelists: Prof. Ian Brown, Professor of Information Security and Privacy at the Oxford Internet Institute
Daniel Howe, Assistant Professor, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong

2.30 - 4 pm | Workshop: “Me and my shadow” “Security box” by Tactical Technology Collective

4 - 6 pm | Workshop: Crypto Party by Dim Sum Labs


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Keynote Speaker: Linus Neumann
Keynote Speaker: Linus Neumann, Spokesperson of Chaos Computer Club
Panel Discussion_ Tactics for Counter-Surveillance: Privacy and Technology
Panel Discussion_ Tactics for Counter-Surveillance: Privacy and Technology
Panelist: Hacker/artist Daniel Howe; Moderator: Dr. Steve Fore
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