Welcome to the DEFCON 201 guide to Ultimate Hacker Summer Camp! This is part of a series where we are going to cover all the vairous hacker conventions and shenanigans in August starting with HOPE 2020. As more blog posts are uploaded, you will be able to jump through the guide via these links:
HACKERS ON PLANET EARTH 2020
Date: Saturday, July 25th (9:00 AM EST) — Sunday, August 2nd (9:00 PM EST)
Platform(s): Big Blu Button
Accesability: Only registered attendees will be able to participate in the live Q&A with speakers and keynotes. Live workshops and other content will only be available to registered attendees who purchase a ticket in advance.
Code Of Conduct: https://hope.net/codeofconduct.html
The Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference series is a hacker convention sponsored by the security hacker magazine 2600: The Hacker Quarterly that until 2020 was typically held at Hotel Pennsylvania, in Manhattan, New York City. Occurring biennially in the summer, there have been twelve conferences to date with the most recent occurring 20–23 July 2018.
The HOPE 2020 conference, originally planned for St. John’s University will instead be a nine-day virtual event from 25 July to 2 August, 2020.
This is where many at DEFCON 201 got their start after following the local NYC 2600 meetings. Most of our friends from New Jersey and New York City are involved in this convention, and we have many fond (and not so fond memories) from the original bed-bug infested roof partying Club Mate drinking Hotel Penn. Focused more on the hacker community and hacktivism, HOPE is a huge staple for us at DEFCON 201 and hackers from around the world as there is no convention that is quite like it.
ANNOUCEMENT: DEFCON 201 WILL LIVE STREAM THE HOPE 2020 KEYNOTES WITH LIVE COMMENTARTY FROM DC201 MEMBERS!
July 25, 4:00 PM — 4:50 PM EST, Public Talk Stream
Cory Doctorow is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who served as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favor of liberalizing copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcity economics. His most recent novel is Walkaway (2017) and his most recent collection of novellas is Radicalized (2019).
July 26, 4:00 PM — 4:50 PM EST, Public Talk Stream
Richard Thieme is a former priest who became a commentator on technology and culture, founding the consulting firm ThiemeWorks. He is the author of the syndicated column Islands in the Clickstream, which was published in 60 countries and in 2004 was turned into a book of the same name. In 2010 he published a book of short stories (Mind Games) and in 2012 he contributed to the peer-reviewed academic work, UFOs and Government, a Historical Inquiry. Regarded as a member of the cyber avant-garde, Thieme has spoken at various conferences since the mid-1990s, focusing on the impact of new technologies on individuals and organizational structures, with an emphasis on security and intelligence, and he has become somewhat of a father figure to many in the hacker subculture.
Jaron Lanier is an American computer philosophy writer, computer scientist, visual artist, and composer of classical music. Considered a founding father of the field of virtual reality, Lanier left Atari in 1985 to co-found VPL Research, Inc., the first company to sell VR goggles and gloves. In the late 1990s, Lanier worked on applications for Internet2, and in the 2000s, he was a visiting scholar at Silicon Graphics and various universities. In 2006 he began to work at Microsoft, and from 2009 has worked at Microsoft Research as an Interdisciplinary Scientist. His most recent book is Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.
Yeshimabeit Milner is the founder and executive director of Data for Black Lives. She has worked since she was 17 behind the scenes as a movement builder, technologist, and data scientist on a number of campaigns. She started Data for Black Lives because for too long she straddled the worlds of data and organizing and was determined to break down the silos to harness the power of data to make change in the lives of Black people. Yeshimabeit has helped change the conversation around big data and technology across the U.S. and globally. She is an Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellow, an Ashoka Fellow, and joins the founders of Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street in the distinguished inaugural class of Roddenberry Foundation Fellows. In 2020, Yeshimabeit was honored as a “Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur.”
Idalin Bobé is the founder of TechActivist.Org, a grassroots organization providing free technical training and political education workshops to working class youth, activists, and disruptors interested in using technology for social good. She is also a founding member of the Popular Education Project, serves on the national education committee of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and is part of the People’s Forum, a movement incubator in New York City. Coming from a poor Afro-Latinx community in North Philadelphia, Idalin witnessed firsthand how the people most impacted by social ills were and still are on the losing side of the digital, educational, and economic divide. That understanding led her to dedicate herself to work directly with organizations that are focused on social change and are part of the communities they serve. Through her tech literacy programs, Idalin provides hands-on workshops introducing communities to digital media tools, digital security, open source, web development, and emerging technology like 3D printing.
Tiffany Rad is the CEO and founder of Anatrope, Inc., which develops wireless automotive technologies for the security and data analytics industries. She is also an adjunct in the computer science department at the University of Maine’s Portland campus and an adjunct at UC Berkeley in the School of Information’s cybersecurity program. Prior to starting Anatrope, Tiffany was the manager of operational security for vehicle embedded systems at Cisco and a cybersecurity researcher for Battelle Institute at the Center for Advanced Vehicle Engineering. Her work included vulnerability research on vehicle computers in conjunction with assessing intellectual property laws and legislation as it relates to safety and security in future automotive technologies. She has been presenting vehicle computer security research at security conferences since 2006.
July 31, 4:00 PM — 4:50 PM EST, Public Talk Stream
Flavio Aggio is the chief information security officer at the World Health Organization (WHO). Additionally, he represents WHO in key forums focused on information security and cybersecurity. Prior to joining WHO, Flavio was the chief technology officer at the city and county of San Francisco, where he developed technology solutions to modernize and protect the city. Before that, he held technical leadership positions in enterprise architecture, project management, telecommunications, and IT operations with Unisys, ASML, Dow Chemical, and Rohm and Haas. In 2014, he enabled the interconnection of the San Francisco and San Jose Wi-Fi networks. The two cities were using a new technology (Hotspot 2.0) allowing smartphones to automatically connect and roam between their two networks, as well as provide a layer of security on what would not normally be available in wide-open public hotspots. Flavio holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from Sao Paulo University in Brazil and an executive MBA from Temple University in the United States.
Libby Liu served as the inaugural chief executive officer of the Open Technology Fund, and provided strategic leadership and operational direction to meet OTFs mission of advancing Internet freedom around the world. Libby led the successful transformation of the eight-year-old OTF program into an independent stand-alone non-profit corporation, maintaining OTF core values and methodology while ensuring uninterrupted operations during the startup phase for the projects, people, and at-risk communities OTF supports globally. Prior to leading OTF, Libby served as president of Radio Free Asia, where in addition to providing strategic vision, supporting innovative programming, directing editorial and administrative policies and procedures, she coordinated issues in these areas with USAGM, stakeholders, and other organizations to address the regions most pressing issues. Prior to joining RFA, she served as the director of administration and strategic planning at the Baltimore headquarters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). There, she played a pivotal role in the boards establishment of the NAACPs five year strategic plan goals and objectives and in the implementation of the plan. Earlier this year she received the 2020 Luxembourg Peace Prize for Technology.
Cindy Cohn is an American civil liberties attorney specializing in Internet law. After serving for 15 years as Legal Director and General Counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, she became its Executive Director in 2015. In 2006, Cohn was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal. In November 2018, she was featured among Americas Top 50 Women In Tech by Forbes. Cohn also serves on the Board of Directors of the Tor Project, Inc.
HOPE 2020 WORKSHOP HILIGHTS BY DEFCON 201
This is a list of amazing workshops that will be held at HOPE 202. This is only a curated list of the ones that jumped out to us for their uniqueness, skill level or fun. You can look at the full list here: https://scheduler.hope.net/hope2020/workshops/
Build an Easy Ventilator
2020–07–31, 22:00–23:00, Workshops
Ventilators help to save lives when a patient has caught COVID-19, but in some places it is difficult to gain access to one. They are also very expensive. In this workshop, you will learn how to use an Arduino board, a sensor, and motor controller shield, plus materials from a neighborhood shop, to build an automatic ventilator.
Building a Home Lab and Introduction to Web Application Hacking
2020–07–27, 16:00–18:00, Workshops
Getting started in hacking seems like a big task: Where to start? What should I start learning? How can I practice? Join BiaSciLab, C.E.O. of Girls Who Hack for answers to all these questions and get yourself started on your hacking career! This is an intense, hands-on hacking class to get you started with web application hacking. You will learn: setting up a virtual lab, finding, Cross Site Scripting, and more! These hacking skills can be applied in real life. CTFs (Capture the Flag), an entire section of web applications to hack, Bug Bounty… If you are looking to get started in hacking, this is the workshop to attend! While this is aimed at kids, adults are welcome to sign up if space permits.
2020–07–29, 09:00–13:00, Workshops
The world runs on COBOL! 95 percent of ATM swipes rely on COBOL, but few people know how to use it. Let’s fix that! Party like it’s 1959!
In this workshop, participants will learn basic COBOL programming and solve challenges including building HTTP requests, processing strings, file I/O, ASCII encoding, modular arithmetic and RSA encryption. You will use free Google cloud servers and a real public IBM mainframe.
The workshop is structured in a Capture the Flag format. Each participant works at their own pace. The techniques will be demonstrated, with complete step-by-step instructions to lead beginners through the easy challenges. There are also harder challenges for more experienced participants. Each participants will be helped as needed to ensure that everyone learns something new.
COBOL CTF workshop
The world runs on COBOL! 95% of ATM swipes rely on COBOL, but few people know how to use it. Let's fix that! Party like…
Create Your Portable CentOS Homelab in About an Hour
2020–07–29, 19:30–20:30, Workshops
Need to learn about Linux servers? Get a self-contained CentOS lab up and running in no time. What’s required: a host computer with virtualization tools installed, a CentOS (or other RedHat-based) ISO file to install, and about an hour. It should interest anyone looking to quickly set up an environment to study Linux, either for an exam like RHCSA/CE or just to learn how it works. The workshop will be interactive, with questions encouraged. If the audience members have a laptop with a VM host installed and a Red-Hat based .ISO file, they can follow along (quickly).
The slides are at: https://github.com/murphnj/hourlab
Custom Electronics + Activism in K-12 Education by MakeFashion Edu
2020–08–01, 19:00–20:30, Workshops
Nine-year-olds are designing wearable electronics to promote their beliefs — in humanities classes, math classes, and in clubs. As mentors, we can provide the environment and bring ethics, self-agency, power tools, coding, and empathy. Join the MakeFashion Edu discussion! There will be a film screening concerning the following topics:
* Amateur Electronics Design in Shenzhen, China
* Project Based Learning in K-12 schools
* Advocacy through Fashion and Technology
After each screening there will be a discussion followed by an introductory workshop on lighting up LED strips. (If you don’t have your own hardware, you can send in your code and it will be uploaded to development boards so your code can be run on LED strips.)
This online workshop space will be open 24 hours a day during HOPE 2020, with several informal gatherings in addition to the official workshops. Pop in whenever you like!
Design Your Own Digispark USB Attack Tool
2020–07–28, 18:00–23:00, Workshops
Human Interface Device attacks like the USB rubber ducky are famous for being able to exploit a computer with only a few seconds of physical access by pretending to be a keyboard. In this workshop, you’ll learn to program a microcontroller in Arduino to create your own scripts that run when the device is plugged into a target computer. This workshop is for beginners interested in hacking with microcontrollers, hackers interested in learning keystroke injection attacks, and anyone interested in what’s possible with low-cost devices.
Glow in the (Edible) Dyes
2020–08–02, 22:00–23:00, Workshops
Edible dyes used to illuminate the fickleness of human minds — what does the process of life sound like if we take the time to really look into what we see? This workshop looks to fermentation for insight into living color. With UV, it will explore the flavors of light and fluorescence with a quick dive into fermentation and fluorescence.
As a hands-on activity, you’ll examine ingredients common to most kitchens (i.e., bananas, leafy vegetables) and examine their transformation under UV light. Participants can expect to have a hands-on session where they will create their own edible dyes at home and watch them glow in the dark. Discussion will focus on how to use these DIY edible dyes in a range of artistic mediums and methods.
Hands-On With Wi-Fi Hacking on the ESP8266
2020–07–26, 18:00–23:00, Workshops
Wi-Fi hacking has become cheaper and easier with the creation of the Wi-Fi deauther, an Arduino based firmware for the ESP8266 that allows it to perform advanced Wi-Fi attacks for as little as a few dollars on any operating system. This workshop is for beginners interested in hacking with microcontrollers, hackers interested in learning Wi-Fi hacking, and anyone interested in what’s possible with low-cost devices.
How to Motivate Hackers and Fight COVID-19 With Botnets
2020–07–29, 16:30–17:30, Workshops
The r00tf0lds Folding@home team (#258829) will teach what protein folding is, how it helps science fight disease, team history, and the past hacker events and causes that inspired their motivational methods and helped push their success. They will teach how to install and configure the software, what to expect when folding, and how to use advanced configurations to get the most from your CPU/GPU.
In just months, the team grew to over 350 users, is ranked in the top 85 of 250,000+ teams, boasting more than nine billion points, and has passed large corporations like Cisco, Apple, and Google, and countries like Vietnam, Poland, and Ireland. Presenters and top team members will be on hand to answer your questions live!
Additional guests will include: Obscure Images / Paul Leonard (cDc Communications, Hacktivismo, r00tf0lds), Space Rogue (r00t, L0pht Heavy Industries, r00tf0lds), top ranked team members, and those with specific areas of relevant expertise.
Got a spare CPU/GPU? Join a team of hackers (including members of r00t, cDc, the L0pht, LOD, and MOD) using distributed computing to help scientists fight COVID-19 with the Folding@home client!
MADDES Secret Lair
2020–07–30, 17:30–19:00, Workshops
Would you like to have Fort Knox level security with an invisibility cloak for the data on your computer? Do you want to have a better security solution than the standard encryption offered for a GNU/Linux OS? Then check out MADDES Secret Lair, where Matt will demonstrate how it allows for full disk encryption (FDE) with “/boot” for a GNU/Linux OS with plausible deniability on a computer. This includes support for many features, including Linux Unified Key Setup, VeraCrypt, multi-boot different operating systems, and the GNU GRUB boot loader. MADDES Secret Lair supports both BIOS and UEFI and allows for installing the boot loader on a USB. The enhanced auto generation of the boot loader and initramfs (update-initramfs) allows for system updates to function as normal. This is possible using nonstandard GRUB, cryptsetup, systemd, and such. This workshop provides step-by-step demonstrations, allowing attendees of all skill levels to follow along.
Password Superpowers: How to Crack Hashes and Stump Hackers
2020–07–31, 18:30–18:45, Workshops
This workshop teaches you how to use “password recovery” tools like John the Ripper and hashcat to find out what the password of a given user account or password-protected file is. By using free software programs that automate a technique called hash cracking, you can find out exactly how strong (or not) your own passwords are. Also in this workshop, you’ll learn about equally free password and secrets management apps like KeePass that help you practice good password hygiene so that you don’t reuse passwords or use weak passwords that don’t offer as much protection as you might have thought before you learned how easy it can be to “crack” encrypted passwords yourself. This workshop will also provide an automated lab environment for you that you can spin up on your laptop so that you can follow along with the instructor and get cracking immediately.
Python + Telnet = Muhahahha!!!
2020–07–31, 14:00–15:00, Workshops
Have you heard that you should never, ever use Telnet anymore? Sure, Telnet is horribly insecure, but did you know you can effectively control much of the Internet with good old Telnet? Don’t believe it? Then come and learn how to use Python to do some web server reconnaissance and how to build your own IRC bot that is all powered by Telnet! The program will be demonstrated and the open source code will be provided to let you experiment or improve to your heart’s content. Note: All skill levels (beginner to advanced) are welcome to attend and you are not required to download/run any code to participate in the workshop. If you want to play with the program, the code uses Python 3 with the standard “telnetlib” library. Nothing special is essential beyond these aspects.
Securing Web Apps
2020–07–26, 12:00–16:00, Workshops
Participants will attack web applications with: command injection, SQL injection, cross-site request forgery, cross-site scripting, cookie manipulation, and server-side template injection. This workshop will also exploit Drupal and SAML. Participants will then implement network defenses and monitoring agents, using Burp, Splunk, and Suricata.
The HoneyDB Honeypot Workshop
2020–07–25, 13:00–16:00, Workshops
Honeypots can be implemented to discover new threat information or detect intruders on a network. However, while there are numerous free honeypots available, many of them can be complicated to deploy and require additional engineering to consume log data. If you are curious about honeypots and are interested in a simple way to deploy your own honeypots, the HoneyDB honeypot workshop is for you.
Weaving The Future
2020–08–02, 20:30–22:00, Workshops
Weaving is one of the older technologies in humankind — there is evidence of looms from 9000 years ago. It is also the first programmed machine. Yet in these modern times, the mechanics of loom weaving seem to be a mysterious craft, left to the esoteric craftspeople of society. The goal of this workshop is to uncover part of that mystery. There will be a prerecorded video on producing a woven piece, including the dying and prepping of the yarn, setting up the loom, pattern planning, and the actual weaving of the project. After the video presentation, in addition to questions and answers, there will be an opportunity for audience members to participate in the final design of a woven piece by indicating weaving patterns via an interactive website. The finished piece will be a true artifact of the HOPE 2020 conference!
VILLAGES, ATTRACTIONS, CONCERTS & MORE
Here is a look at all the zany online activities that will be held virtually this year. Some are going to be around all con long, some are one time virtual events!
Lockpicking Village Presented by Rift Recon
Ever wonder how they do all those physical access tricks in the movies or on a penetration test?
Then come to the Lockpicking Village! We’ll cover a variety of different techniques — from the basics you’ve seen before to more complex systems — we may even show a few advanced tools!
We’ll cover lock picking with a focus on the most common locks in the USA — pin-tumbler and wafer locks. We’ll also go over handcuffs and restraints, with an emphasis on the most popular styles of handcuffs. In addition, we’ll run a Bypass 101 workshop, showing how to defeat padlocks, lever lock doors, and other devices.
If you want to feel like MacGyver or even aspire to become MacGyver — everyone starts somewhere. So come by and enjoy our workshops covering the foundations of locksport and physical security. Who knows? It may inspire you to move into a security career with physical access testing!
Lockpicking 101: July 27th — August 1st 1100 EST
Restraints 101: July 27th — August 1st 1200 EST
Bypass 101: July 27th — August 1st 1300 EST
Live Q&A Sessions: Post Each Workshop
NOTE: You will need to REGISTER beforehand to take this workshop.
Please see registration link, given below.
NOTE: To do the hands-on portion of this workshop, you will need to order MATERIALS.
Please see the materials section, given below.
Cyberpunk Now Film Festival
The Cyberpunk Now Film Festival is a five-day media production hackathon — basically, a contest to produce a short film based on criteria that won’t be known until HOPE begins on July 25. Sign up at https://cyberpunk.hope.net
On July 25th, The Cyberpunk Now Film Festival’s organizers will publish a set of top-secret Required Challenge Elements at cyberpunk.hope.net, and participants will have five days to team up, brainstorm, write, produce, edit, polish, and upload their finished films to the submission portal by the deadline on July 30th.
Winners will be screened as they are announced in a Hackers On Planet Earth 2020 conference video feed on August 2nd and viewed by participants around the world. The Grand Prize winner will be announced during the HOPE Closing Ceremonies.
Anarchist Hackers Village
What are Anarchist Hackers? Well considering hackers and libertarian ideas are very prevalent in the hacker culture, only recently in the last 10–15 years a big group of hackers have started to make this another part of the hacker culture along with hardware hackers, software hackers, lock pickers, journalist and so on… Anarchist Hackers are not only Hacktivists, they are full blown 100% hackers involved in the hacker culture that believe that Anarchism and the hacker culture are very similar and compatible, specially if you look at Steven Levy’s hacker ethics. To read more you can check this Noisebridge the first denominated Anarchist Hacker Space in the US Wiki page about Anarchist Hackers.
- We have bulletin boards where you can pin your flyers/pamphlets with information about you hacker/anarchist colective ask ReK2 to PIN it to the bulletin board if you cant.
- We will have ramdon cyberpunk(Industrial, Dark Techno, Dark PsyTrance, Dark Electro, Dark synthpop etc) playing along most of the time.
- Trizz will spin live music:
- Thursday 30's July DJ Set by trizz 10:30pm - until ? EST
- Friday 31's July DJ Set by Trizz 10:30pm - until ? EST
Documentaries related to Hacker culture with a focus on Hacktivism and Anarchism
- Thursday — 8:00 pm EST Hack the system
- Friday — 8:00 pm EST HACKITAT — 9 LAYERS OF POLITICAL HACKING
- Saturday — 8:00 pm EST — Hackers Guardians of the New World
We are meeting and hanging out virtually using Mozilla Hubs
The VR room takes the for the first time that is loaded onto your browser around 30 secs or so, this is because of the VR objets downloading, after this procedure and as long you use the same browser it will be on cache.
For Help and RTFM:
Type of browser:
- We use Chromium, Firefox and Qutebrowser, it needs to support webGL obviosly.
- Phone works but may take longer, see phone navigation here
change settings to lower resource usage:
When you open the URL, check on your TOP LEFT and open the menu, click on Preferences and then Misc tab:
Dim Sum Labs Village
Come say hello to Hong Kong’s Dim Sum Labs. They provide the garage that no one in Hong Kong has space for. While most in Hong Kong are consumed by their work culture, Hong Kong hackers sacrifice time and space to use their geographically advantageous location to tinker with junk found on the markets in Sham Shui Po and imported from across the border in Shenzhen.
They run a Mozilla Hubs room on theirr big screen 24/7. People can virtually join DSL anytime, ask questions, and exchange knowledge, similar to how it is at assemblies or villages at other hacker events.
Join Dim Sum Labs: https://workshops.hope.net/b/dim-i2w-ctz
Also visit us on IRC:
Current community projects:
- Vines from the Hong Kong jungle growing in an electronically controlled environment.
- Improving our laser cutter: analog control panel (components are there, just need to be assembled), better water cooling (stronger pump is there, and new tubing, also conductivity meter for checking how much biocide we can add safely)
- Clean up the space, get rid of junk
- The wall, our IRC display (makes the ceiling lights blink if someone posts)
- CNC mill (broken spindle, lots of stuff not working, parts need to be ordered)
Current member projects:
- Classic IBM ThinkPad-Keyboard with TrackPoint adapted to USB/Bluetooth, maybe with a small ARM machine built in (ask feklee)
Since 2008, Radio Statler has been broadcasting original content from HOPE to the rest of the world: interviews with speakers, extended Q&As, panels, and the occasional glimpse into everything that happens outside the talk rooms.
Radio Statler brings additional content that generally runs for the duration of the HOPE conference. They will continue this tradition of providing original content, both live and prerecorded, to the attendees at this virtual HOPE.
Hackers Got Talent
2020–07–26, 22:00–00:00, Performances and More!
Do you have a cool talent or hack? Here’s your chance to present it to a planet of enthusiastic hackers, hosted in two parts on each Saturday of HOPE (2200 EDT on the speaker track) by hacker archivist Jason Scott. Rules, regulations, and how to sign up will all be announced. If you’ve got something cool you can do and you want to show it off, this is your big chance! (And of course, first place will win a valuable prize.)
This virtual village will help people experience various wireless communications used by makers, hackers, and amateur radio enthusiasts across the radio frequency (RF) spectrum.
The village will be focused on activities for those with beginner and intermediate experience in RF experimentation, using both unlicensed and licensed spectrum. Activities envisioned within the village include:
Hands-on workshops. This will be the virtual space for RF-related workshops as submitted separately from this proposal and as approved by HOPE.
“Show and tell” presentations. For two days out of the conference, 60 minutes will be reserved each day for people to give a “lightning talk” on RF related projects they are working on with emphasis on live demos.
There will be all sorts of other various activities throughout.
CONCERTS & MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
2020–07–26, 00:00–03:00, Performances and More!
When Inverse Phase isn’t composing chiptune video game soundtracks (Treachery in Beatdown City, Super Smash Land, Shuttle Scuttle) or writing recognized tributes to other musicians (Nine Inch Nails, Fall Out Boy, Assemblage 23), he’s often working at a computer and gaming museum in Maryland, participating in the demoscene, or researching something related to old 8-bit computers. Tell him about your favorite cheese slice or ask him about CTM, a chiptune synthesizer he’s building from scratch!
At The Circle of HOPE in 2018, he talked about how old, pirated software came with “extra” introductions from those who broke the copy protection. The cracking scene, becoming bored with and unrecognized by their efforts, evolved into a community called the Demoscene where they make audiovisual art under extreme limitations. At HOPE 2020, he will revisit computer music videos called demos, stored entirely in just a few kilobytes of space, including CD-quality music and 3D graphics on 8-bit machines. Many of the demos shown will be new from 2018 and, as usual, he’ll discuss why they are technically impressive so you can gain a new appreciation for computer art.
dj-spock DJ Set
2020–08–01, 00:00–02:00, Performances and More!
dj-spock was influenced by the “Sound of Frankfurt” in the early 1990s. In legendary clubs like Dorian Gray, Omen, U60311, and Cocoon Club, he got in touch with artists like Sven Väth, Chris Liebing, DJ Dag, Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, Gayle San, and many more. Since 2001, he has been active in organizing hacker conferences and parties in Germany, the Netherlands, and Poland, including events like Chaos Communication Congress, Chaos Communication Camp, SHA2017, Eahsterhegg, and many more. He is also the host of a monthly hacker radio show and an active member of Chaos Computer Club.
C-RadaR: Jeden 2. Donnerstag im Monat, 21:00 - 23:00 Uhr auf Radio Darmstadt, 103,4 MHz UKW in & um Darmstadt zu hören…
Get BitCrushed with HangOnGetReady
2020–07–27, 00:00–02:00, Performances and More!
You know that part in a movie when someone says something cool like, “Fasten your seatbelts…” and then rad music plays while they race around a city? This is that cool music.
An 8-bit performance with original music by HangOnGetReady and cld on visuals.
In a Box
2020–08–02, 00:00–02:00, Performances and More!
A New York City musician who just graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and has performed in the 2018 and 2019 Tibet House Benefit concerts at Carnegie Hall, Cameron is also a recurring writer for 2600: The Hacker Quarterly. In this session, he’ll be presenting a collection of improvised and composed music, as well as a little insight into how this year affected the class of 2020.
2020–07–30, 00:00–01:30, Performances and More!
A HOPE concert veteran, RADIO WONDERLAND turns mass media into recombinant funk, processing live FM radio with a Buick steering wheel, four old shoes hit with sticks, knobs, buttons and custom code. As well as for RADIO WONDERLAND, Joshua Fried is known for his They Might Be Giants remixes, and for putting headphones on downtown New York City’s most mercurial stars. Fried has performed at Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, CBGB, a Stuttgart disco, a former East Village bathhouse, a Tokyo museum, and the Dutch Royal Palace. Art guitarist Fred Frith soloed on Joshua’s first single, and he has produced or remixed artists from Chaka Khan and Ofra Haza, to avant-drone master David First. His recordings have been released by clang, free103point9, Trace Label, Tellus and Atlantic Records.
2020–07–28, 00:40–02:10, Performances and More!
Custom built hardware, 8-bit music performance.
Singer-Songwriter Sara Melson
2020–07–28, 00:00–00:40, Performances and More!
Songs of hope and faith.
XLterrestrials present: CiTiZEN KiNO ( v.86 ): Frackyworld Inc. and Routing Around It !
2020–07–31, 15:00–16:30, Performances and More!
CiTiZEN KINO is a public event series which mixes media activism plus analysis, curated film screenings, performance, and public discussion. They are community artists, writers, independent media activists, VJ/DJs, and event producers. Collaborations have included Transmediale Festival, Haus Der Kulturen (HKW), Volksbühne Theater, Piranha Music, Chaos Communication Congress, Hellerau Theater in Dresden, Dokumenta, Ars Electronica, Kulturbrauerei, MS Stubnitz, Czech Zentrum Berlin, C-Base, Noisebridge, EFF, ATA: Other Cinema, CellSpace, Omni Commons, Journal Of Aesthetics and Protest, Regenbogenfabrik (cinema), RogueArt (Paris music label), etc.
Through an expanded cinema format, they investigate their current dismal scenarios of living in a hyper-industrialized world shaped by a variety of “fracking” industries and exploitative, profit-seeking mentalities. While most of them by now have been exposed to the new toxic forms of petrochemical energy production, the methods of hydraulic fracturing invented in 1947 by the fossil fuels industries are also a perfectly grisly metaphor for the monstrously expanded extraction techniques of capitalizing on all human communications and social interactions. Through various media clips, they will provide an overview into what Shoshana Zuboff and others have illuminated as the deeply penetrating “Surveillance Capitalism,” which has become the central economic engine of the data industries. They might also call it the new modus operandi of transforming humans into digital beings. In the legendary words of hacker pioneer John Gilmore, they look for ways to “route around these problems” in order to reclaim and reconstruct an embodied and sustainable coexistence within the full spectrum of living organisms.
The XLterrestrials are an arts and praxis species which has been collaborating with a wide variety of arts, sciences, technologies, and humanities fields for nearly two decades. And they have been producing CiTiZEN KINO events internationally since 2011, which utilizes their experiences in the tactical media and culture jamming genre/movements which sprouted in the 1980s and 1990s, and which also took inspirations from earlier practices pioneered by the Situationists, Dada, and Surrealism — all of which can be considered to some extent to be the forebearers of today’s creative and resistant strains of hackerdom.
For HOPE, they will present a special streaming edition, whereby they go against the grain of all the Zoomy-surveillance exuberance in our “corona-reboot” predicaments. They will offer a live “silhouette version” of their community events at a Berlin venue, whereby their team and local participants will be playfully anonymized behind a projection screen, which is also the surface for the films that will be presented for the topics analyzed. They will be like “shadow puppets” commenting on the media clips, or something in the vein of Mystery Science Theater 3000, heckling this horrible B-movie disaster we all find ourselves immersed in during these Trumpy-dumpster-fire times.